3 Electronic Ways To Get Yourself Out Of Bed

by Anil Polat · 6 comments

Changing timezones, the lack of a good alarm clock, and fatigue while you travel can make it hard to get out of bed when you need to. Fortunately your digital nomad gear can be converted into some pretty good alarm clocks that will get you out of bed. They’re loud and unique sounds that are effective in catching your attention, even in the deepest slumber.

1. Online Alarm Clock

One of my favorite web tools, Online Alarm Clock is a simple clock with an alarm setting that’s annoying enough to cut through any amount of jet lag. It requires an Internet connection but you can bookmark and leave the page open to use Online Alarm Clock locally.

online alarm clock

2. Simple Timer Firefox Add-On

This extension adds a little clock to your Firefox browser and lets you set audible and visual alarms. Remember to crank the volume up on your laptop so you’ll hear it. You can also use this plugin to remind you about that tour later in the day or get you to take a break from checking emails. One feature that’s very useful about Simple Timer is that it lets you set multiple alarms.

simple timer firefox

3. MetaClock

This website has some pretty colorful wake up tones, just check out ‘Guten Morgen’ – who wouldn’t want to wake up to that catchy tone? You simple set your wake up time, preferred alarm song, and additionally any websites you’d like to pop up as well at metaclock.com.


These are some fun ways to wake up but there are more straightforward methods like setting the alarm on your cell phone and tossing it to the other side of the room or having a wake up call if it’s available where you’re sleeping. Those aren’t as fun though and by rotating these techniques you’ll prevent your ears and mind from becoming immune to the alarms.

It’s also a good idea to keep track of timezones using FoxClocks so you can adjust efficiently.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 OnlineClock.net December 24, 2009 at 12:17

Hi Anil,

We were delighted to discover this blog post, in which you mention our online alarm clock – thank you very much for writing about us!

We do indeed try to keep our alarm clock as simple and minimally designed as possible – this is extremely important to us. We also hope that our clocks are useful for travelers everywhere.




2 Anil P. December 25, 2009 at 05:23

OnlineClock.net has woken me up countless times and helped me to not miss a number of flights, trips, tours, etc. I’m a big fan of your site, was my pleasure.


3 OnlineClock.net December 25, 2009 at 05:33

Wow – Thank you Anil, we love hearing comments like that 😉

You have a nice really nice blog yourself and we wish you the best of luck for the New Year!


4 Erin December 30, 2009 at 05:48

Thanks for the useful post- it’s something I’ve been looking into as our travel alarm has broken and we travel with a laptop but not a mobile.

This may be a silly question but do you need to leave your laptop on for these alarms to work? Also, do you worry about the security risk of leaving your laptop out over night in cheap hotels?


5 Anil P. December 30, 2009 at 06:10

Personally if I’m in the room I don’t worry about having my laptop out – and that goes for everywhere in the world I’ve been. When I leave the room though I make sure to lock up or take my laptop with me.


6 OnlineClock.net December 30, 2009 at 05:56

@Erin: For our Online Alarm Clock to function you do need to leave your laptop on, and it needs an internet connection.

You’ll also want to make sure your laptop is plugged into the wall instead of using its battery; and prevent it from going into “sleep mode”.

Regarding this question:
>>do you worry about the security risk of leaving your laptop out over night in cheap hotels?

Actually, as long as you’re actually in the room, I see no security risk in having the laptop out. It’s just that when you leave the room, you’ll want to lock up your laptop in either a room safe or in the hotel’s own safe.

We hope this information has been helpful!


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