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Enter to Win a Sonic Glow Extra Loud Alarm Clock

Enter to win a Sonic Glow Extra Loud Alarm Clock with Recordable Alarm & Sonic Bomb Bed Shaker — the tool you need to rouse even the heaviest, grouchiest sleeper without disturbing your whole household. A $69.99 value. And a godsend for any parent of a teen or child with ADHD.

A Daily Morning Battle

This is not the way anyone wants to start her day: Returning to your teen’s room half a dozen times — rousing, pestering, arguing, begging, punishing him until he angrily and slowly gets up and starts his routine. This daily fight is stressful, it hurts your relationship, and it’s not helping your teen build independent life skills. There must be a better way.

Enter the Sonic Glow Extra Loud Alarm Clock with Sonic Bomb Bed Shaker

This dual alarm clock has it all! Use it to help your child fall asleep to peaceful ambient sounds, and then find comfort in the soft glow of the dimmable nightlight. Help him wake up to your choice of three pre-recorded alarms, or have fun recording your own! The Sonic Glow alarm volume can be cranked up to 11 for especially deep sleepers, and this device includes the Sonic Bomb bed shaker, which will wake even the heaviest sleeper without disturbing the rest of the house.

The Sonic Glow has a USB charging station and an AUX connection to play music selected from your phone or MP3 player. It also comes in 4 fun styles: moon, soccer ball, baseball, and nightlight.

Enter to Win a Sonic Glow

To win one Sonic Glow Alarm Clocks with Sonic Bomb Bed Shaker (a $69.99 value), use the Comments section below to tell us: What is your family’s biggest bedtime challenge? What keeps your child from getting a full night’s sleep — and you, too?

Deadline

Monday, April 30, at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules

Only Comments posted with a valid email address will be considered valid entries. One entry per household per day. The editors of ADDitude will select two winners at random and notify them via email on Wednesday, May 2.
(Official rules)

Updated on October 18, 2019

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  1. On the first page of the email announcing the Sonic Glow clock drawing (at the end, immediately above the link to ‘official rules’) it states “ADDitude will select two winners at random…” but in the content of the rules, it states more than once that only one winner will be selected, and if that winner in unable to accept the prize or is unavailable to be notified, etc., then a replacement winner will be selected!!
    Some ADD going on here ;<?

  2. Our biggest bed time challenge: We give our son count down reminders. “You have fifteen minutes before bed.” The biggest challenge would be getting him to finish what he is doing before bed. Even though we do the count down, there is still always angry responses at time up. He stays asleep ok, unless he has nightmares, which are common a few times a month.
    My son who is 10, hates every way we wake him up. Singing to him softly, turning the light on and saying good morning, playing fun music, kissing him awake, having the dog attack with kisses, rubbing his back… etc Then it’s slowly, grumpily getting dressed and God forbid you tell him how long he has.😳 Next is the breakfast challenge: what do you want to eat? Eggs? no. Yogurt? No cereal? no. pancakes? no. Oyvvey! We need an alarm clock. Thanks for the opportunity in winning!

    1. You didn’t mention whether or not your son is taking any ADD/ADHD medication.
      One thing to consider would be to speak to his child psychiatrist (or knowledgeable pediatrician) for an appropriate prescription and try waking him an hour before he needs to get up for dressing, school, etc., have him swallow an immediate release tablet or oral disintegrating immediate release tablet or swallow a liquid form of immediate release ADD/HD medication, then let him go back to sleep. Done right, he doesn’t really need to be fully awake to accomplish this. An hour later, when he does need to wake up, the medication will be in his system already, and you may find he is more functional, responsive, cooperative, etc.

      If this can’t work out, can try waking him only 20-30 minutes early. Some of the immediate release form of the medicine will start working in about 30 minutes, though not at full force.

      If this can’t work, another option would be to apply a skin patch of the ADD/HD medication a couple hours before you need him to get up (it’s extended release and therefore takes longer to kick in).

      The biggest issue with this approach is usually deciding which parent will get up that early to do this, where there are 2.

  3. I have two teens with ADHD and our biggest bedtime challenge is their desire to do one more thing – dessert, shower, art project, forgotten homework at 10 pm, play with the dog, etc. Then waking up in the morning is a struggle. They both sleep through loud alarms, automatic lights, and parent prompts. Please, please choose us!! I can’t imagine how my son is going to make it to class next year away at college.

  4. I have three sons (13, 11, 9). My middle son has ADHD and he shares a room with his younger brother and we have two big challenges: (1)getting them to stop talking with each other when they are supposed to be going to sleep, (2)waking my 11 year old up without waking up the 9 year old. That rules out an alarm clock and right now I have to wake him up every morning. I would love to get him used to waking up on his own and this clock with the shake feature seems like it would work for him. Can’t wait to try it.

  5. As a life-long night owl living in a 9-5 world, waking up in the morning after only a few hours of sleep is a challenge. I sleep through my alarm or wake up phone call at least once a week and since I live alone, there isn’t anyone there to gently shake me awake. I think the Sonic Glow is the answer to my problem!

  6. My biggest challenge is turning my brain off. My brain is always running and falling to sleep has been a struggle my whole life. Its during that time when my brain can roam free with nothing to distract it. When I was younger I used Benaydral to sleep then in college I used alcohol, then in early sobriety I used melatonin. But I have been free for over a year of any sleep aids. I still use my phone before bed and thats bad. I am able to fall a sleep.
    I struggle with waking up. I have 15 alarms and constantly hit snooze on them. My first alarm goes off around and hour and half before I am actually get out of bed. I have gotten better at getting up earlier and have never had a problem waking up when I have an obligation. I have not mastered the art of waking up.
    What keeps me from getting a full nights rest is my wondering brain.
    Thank you.

    1. You didn’t mention whether you have diagnosed ADD/ADHD, and whether you take ADD/ADHD medication if you do have ADD/ADHD.

      There is a small cohort of those with ADD/ADHD who can’t get to sleep at night if their life depended on it unless they take a dose of their immediate release medicine an hour or so before bedtime! As counterintuitive as this might sound, because the ADD/HD medicines are central nervous system stimulants, it does work for them because just like during the day, the medicine calms the brain, to allow it to think more slowly, not be distracted, eliminate racing thoughts, etc.!!
      Thus, this does work for some with their ADD/ADHD symptoms at bedtime, too.
      There are other medicines that can be tried, also, that are NOT sleeping pills.

      One of the problems with Benadryl is that it is an antihistamine with a strong side effect of tiredness, sleepiness, that has a 7-8 hour duration of action, so many people wake up feeling still groggy, sleepy, tired, etc., in the morning.

  7. My daughter desperately wants to be more independent. However, waking up in the morning on her own is nearly impossible. And she gets so angry with us and the rest of the world if we try to wake her. She starts the day feeling like a failure. Please give her one of these clocks.

  8. Our biggest bedtime challenge is waking our son up without getting him (or us)off on the wrong foot or getting out the door late. We currently have 2 alarm clocks that go off at 2 times. Neither gets the job done. His brother shares a room with him and turns the lights on and gets ready in the room and tries to wake him up. No dice. I walk upstairs about 3 times trying to coax him out of bed without yelling or being grumpy so as to not start him off stressed and annoyed which leads to a bad morning for him. At the same time, I need to keep all of us moving so my husband and I can get to work in a timely manner. If we are running late or if I am having a rough morning, and don’t keep on the “Snow White routine” as I like to call it…it inevitably leads to him getting out of bed in a bad mood and it starts a trend that can continue all day long. It is a lot of stress every day and a lot of pressure for everyone else in the family to try to stick to a schedule when he is such a wild card. I would love for something to give him some autonomy in the morning so I could focus on getting myself and his younger brother and sister ready without so much stress.

  9. I’m 49 years old, diagnosed with ADD about 10 years ago. My biggest challenge to getting to sleep on time have been a crochet or other craft project that I’ve started and I’m so close to finishing…!! Also, if I’m reading a really good book, I totally forget the time. Plus, on the times I do get to bed at a decent hour (around 10 or so) I’ll wake up around 3 or 4 in the morning, my brain decided to start running! My body can’t move because it’s exhausted but my brain is going at full tilt! I am on Adderall, I take 20 mg around 7 am and 10 to 20 around 1:30 or 2 pm. I work as an IT technician so I have to be able to keep focused on what I’m doing, and be at work on time. 🙂 Just my issues, which I’m sure others go through as well!

  10. What is your family’s biggest bedtime challenge? What keeps your child from getting a full night’s sleep — and you, too?

    The biggest bedtime challenge is getting the kids to actually STOP what they’re doing when bedtime is announced – even though we have a set bedtime that rarely changes, and they get a 1/2 hour notice. They often are unaware of what time it is, so I feel like I’m always nagging them which I don’t like BUT, they need to get to bed.

    What keeps them from getting a full night’s sleep? Usually it’s allergies, sometimes our 2 cats who run the house at night, and soon it will be a new baby!

  11. ADHD, Complex PTSD – Chronic Flashbacks, Anxiety, Moderate to Major Depression, Panic Attacks, ABSOLUTELY NO CIRCADIAN BALANCE, Chronic Insomnia, Hypervigilance, Hypersensitivities & Hyperacusis. Time Management & sense of time is non-exsistent, Time Blindness, Intrusive overwhelming Distractability. Staying on and finishing tasks is a daily frustration of incompleteness. Chronic pain that comes from with all this plus arthritis, degenerative spine, bulging discs, carpal tunnel & fibromyalgia. I used to be so organs and highly structured in my life. I can’t do it alone, but know that with the Right tools -like this- I can begin to reset structure, circadian balance and quality sleep back into my life. Thank you so very much for this opportunity!

  12. My child’s challenge is that she convinces herself at bedtime that she can’t or won’t be able to fall asleep. I often find her with her bedroom lights on sitting straight up in bed. She can’t seem to “turn off” all of the things she’s thinking about. As a result, she has difficulty waking up in the morning so my husband and I have to keep going into her bedroom to tell her it’s time for school. Our high school freshman, who doesn’t have ADHD, didn’t even wake up when a hot air balloon landed on our front lawn, smack dab in front of her bedroom window! Although, I must admit, they are a chip off the old block. When I was growing up my brother used to stand at my bedroom door with his trumpet and play Reveille!

  13. My children will not sleep with out medication… they will just continue on at 100% right into the next day. They get catapress at bedtime.
    My younger one(9) still fights it though and goes through stages of telling us he is staying up anyways, being starving to death(the Vyvanse makes him not hungry all day), then crying because his legs hurt(he never stops moving during the day) and he can’t walk back down the stairs to hug me…again. When he finally passes out he cries and talks a lot in his sleep and still doesn’t stop moving(its like sleeping next to a tornado). He usually wakes up well though.
    My older one(11) complains every morning that he didn’t get any sleep and was up all night. I recently found, when cleaning his room, that part of the problem is that he is spitting out his bedtime meds once he returns to his bedroom. He now has to show me its swallowed, like he’s in jail or something. He has also managed to figure out how to stay awake long enough for the meds to wear off so he can stay up and play video games all night. His mornings are awful, I have to go in his room several times to get him up and then he cries and bargains to stay home and goes through almost every body part saying it is hurting. I hate starting my days that way.

  14. Our biggest bedtime challenge is when we say it’s time to go up for bed, everyone suddenly wants to do one more thing, or suddenly has all these fantastic creative ideas they want to work on. In the morning, waking my 12 yearold son up is usually a wrestling match, and pretty soon I don’t think I’ll be strong enough to win! I’ve been looking for an alarm clock that would help him become more independent and to make my morning go smoother, and I think this may be it! Sonic bomb – love it!

  15. What is your family’s biggest bedtime challenge? What keeps your child from getting a full night’s sleep — and you, too?

    Hehe… let’s see. I have an 8 year old and a 12 year old. Even with a relaxing bedtime routine which includes 15-30 minutes of quiet, in-room reading, they struggle to “turn off their thinking brain”, which basically means getting thoughts out of their minds so they can drift off into sleep. They usually sleep well once they are actually asleep, unless they have a night terror (rare these days); oh, they both walk and talk in their sleep, but that doesn’t seem to affect their actual time asleep! Waking up is difficult for them to do, whether they get 8 or 10 or 12 hours of sleep. Currently, we have 3 different alarms in use and darn it if they don’t both sleep through them. The only thing that wakes them up early is the garbage & recycling trucks once a week (^o^)

    My challenge is the same as theirs… turning off my thinking brain.

  16. Our biggest problem going to bed is falling asleep, even if we remember to brushed the teeth, get the water (oh wait don’t forget the ice), I have to say goodnight, to the dog, the cat, sister, dad and mom a million times because they may forget I love them. Then its can I watch a little tv because you know I’ll have a panic attack if I have to sit in the dark and it just helps me fall asleep mom. Then there is oh I forgot to tell you what happened at school today even though I already asked him a million times, how was school, what did you do today, did you have fun with any of your friends, etc. Then we finally get him tucked in and he has had everything he needs, oh wait I have to go to the bathroom. Or oh wait I need one more hug, and I love you Mom!! Needless to say when 6:00am rolls around I have to get my Boo Boo Bear up and out of bed, he hardly moves.

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