Waking up has become one of the most device-intensive parts of our day. Almost all of us now use an alarm on our smartphones to tumble out of dreamland, then it's our means of reconnecting with the world while we de-zombify with eggs and coffee.
From the moment you roll out of the sheets to the first step you take out the door, here are 11 iPhone apps for making waking up way more awesome.
Don't be a bum in the sun:
WAKE UP ON TIME
Social Wake-up Call: Wakie
Ever wished a tall, dark stranger would whisper in your ear to rouse you from slumber? Wakie hooks you up with a random person from around the globe for an honest-to-goodness phone call first thing in the morning. Whether they murmur sweet nothings at your sleepy head or yelp drill sergeant style is a matter of luck.
Walk Me Up is cruelly brilliant. The accelerometer in your device is sensitive enough to detect whether you're actually walking or not, so just shaking your device furiously from under the sheets won't work to turn this puppy off. Go on, get your feet out of bed and start your little trot around the house.
They say the best way to activate your ability to lucid dream is by keeping track of what you dream each night. Dream Moods is a combo dream dictionary and journal, letting you look up and save symbols from your nighttime adventures. It even includes more modern symbols like "Internet" for those dreaming of electric sheep.
Remember way back when you had to rely on some dude on TV to guess what the weather might be like tomorrow? Me neither, but they sound like dark and terrible times. AccuWeather detects your precise GPS location down to the street number and gives you a scientifically accurate reading accordingly.
Because, after all, the only real reason you check the weather in the morning is to know what to wear. swackett gives you the day's forecast alongside a classy depiction of what a fashionable person might wear to be prepared for it. Gorgeous, hipster-approved design.
Are you one of those crazies that loves to break a sweat in the morning? When you've got just a few minutes, Sworkit is the workout app you need. Choose either Strength Training or Yoga, Cardio, & More and earn your breakfast cereal.
Getting fit no longer requires leaving the house. Grab You Are Your Own Gym (YAYOG) and get to work on a fitness plan that requires just a small investment each day over the course of the next couple weeks. Come whine to me when you reach Let-me-ups day.
I found my perfect calendar app in Sunrise, which automatically and attractively syncs with my various Google calendars. It's intuitive as heck to navigate, making even my nutso schedule look colorful and manageable. Adding, editing, and sharing events couldn't be simpler.
Create, edit, organize, and check 'em all off: Wunderlist is the only to-do list app you'll ever need. Syncs across all your devices, plus to Wunderlist.com - add anything you want to your personal lists to never forget a damn thing again. Orient yourself to what's most important to accomplish today.
Pocket Casts is everyone's favorite podcast app by far, ranking high for stunning UI design as well as simplicity of use and sheer volume of available podcasts. May I take a moment to recommend Radiolab? Oh, go on then. It's the final solution for never having boring water-cooler conversations ever, ever again.
More our of favorite to catch you up-to-speed in the morning
Custom news feed, magazine style: Flipboard
There's about a bajillion reason's Flipboard is considered a must-have app. It aggregates all your favorite sources into a magazine-style reader, allowing you to browse by flipping through "pages" of content. Skeuomorphism goes great with morning coffee, folks.