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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

43 Comments & Reviews

  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.

  17. My son has no ‘wind-down’ time. He has been like this since very young, & no meds have ever helped this. He is very loud and talkative, & his brain is wide awake and very active all the time. It is rare for him to be tired. Often, it takes me sitting in his room to get him to be able to quiet his mind enough to fall asleep. I then have to try to have my wind down time after he is asleep. He also talks in his sleep. But he is my heart, along with my other children. xo

  18. Biggest bedtime challenge is maintaining structure and order so that everything gets done that needs to be done and so we aren’t eating at 9pm. My son has a hard time turning off his brain at bedtime and frequently worries about things when he should be sleeping.

  19. Biggest bedtime challenge: I get stupid when I’m tired; harder to stay focused on what must be done & not get sidetracked, especially by glow tubes (brain games, FB posts, just one more episode, …).
    Need to go to bed on time, to get enough sleep. Very hard to turn the brain off.

  20. Wow, that morning routine sadly to say is us to a tee! My teen son’s ADHD brain is always on hyperdrive. He falls asleep,and wakes up about every two to four hours. Sometimes he is awake for hours in the middle of the night. He has missed so much school he won’t pass this year, adding more anxiety and stress for him. If you have any advice on better sleep please send. Thanks, T

  21. What keeps us from getting a good night’s sleep? He’s always starving at 9 o’clock at night after the meds have worn off. I call it his second dinner. And once his belly’s full that late at night, it’s hard to fall to sleep. I know my teenager needs the food though. But it makes getting up in the mornings rough on everyone.

  22. Our biggest challenge is quieting the nighttime brain “talk”. “Are you sure the alarm is on? Are you sure the alarm is set for the right time? Don’t forget to get….. You really should call _____ (now an entire hypothetical conversation begins). Ooh, I should change that part of my paper to say….” This can go on for hours!

  23. I’ve been dealing with my 19 y/o not getting up & out of bed on time since he’s been little. Didn’t know it was a result of his ADD & low executive function until last month. Our biggest challenge with bedtime now is electronics…social media, videos, texting, etc. By the grace of God he’s finishing up his freshman year of college this week. Would have flunked out if it weren’t for both my husband and I over-parenting and calling 30+times a day and going home to get him out of bed so he can get to school and make at least part of his classes. Of course, he resents us for waking him up, even when he asks us to. Needless to say, life has been very stressful for all parties involved.

  24. What makes our routine so difficult is that we don’t have one. I had one for years, but I’ve gotten off track. With kids being kids, well they aren’t going to remind me- the adult- that it’s bedtime or that we didn’t do homework when we got home so now we’ve got to do it NOW! I’m trying to get back to it, get a groove again, but it’s difficult.
    Another big issue? My kids aren’t late to school because they’re dragging. It’s my fault. I’m not waking up easily in the mornings and my disordered thought process makes me believe I can get myself up, get the kids up, fed, dressed and out the door in twenty minutes.

  25. Greatest challenge is getting to bed on time to get enough sleep so he can be on a regular schedule. By him getting to bed so late to finish up his homework and studying so late he isn’t able to get the sleep he needs. Not enough restful sleep makes it hard for him to awake rested and able to get up out of bed in time. I also think social media and cell phones are a added problem that constantly distracts them making it harder to complete homework and tasks. Having a good alarm clock that awakes you in the morning is also necessary so he won’t be late again!

  26. Currently, our greatest challenge is getting our girls to bed early enough for mom and dad to do things we may need to do (work, reading, etc). Our girls are four and eight and share a room, and while our 8 year old is usually tired enough to sack out 8:30, her little sister still has energy to burn. It’s a constant balancing act!

  27. Our biggest challenge each night is actually homework. We routinely are up as late as 10:00 just trying to get done what’s due the next day, let alone ever get ahead on future assignments. If we could get to bed earlier, he might be able to get enough sleep to make mornings a little more bearable.

  28. My son loves reading and can’t fall asleep unless he has books to read. I don’t discourage it but he does get hyperfocused on his books and stay up later than he needs to. This makes for long days of argument and over tiredness. He also fights bed time as he knows it’s time to wind down and that’s hard for him.

  29. Our biggest bedtime challenge is being able to wind down and turn off. It takes my son at least a half hour to stop moving with the lights out. I have a list running thru my head of what I need to do and what I did that day. My son does not stay asleep he will wake in the middle of the night because he also has restless legs. Epsom salt baths seem to help and no electronics an hour before bed.

  30. I am an ADHD mom of an middle school boy with ADHD and a very energetic 2nd grader. Any type of routine is hard for me to follow much less administer. We have set a time where all electronics are turned off but its definitely hard for us all to wind down at night.

  31. Our greatest night time challenge is getting enough to eat before bed. Unless my son literally goes to bed immediately after eating dinner, he will insist on having something more to eat once he has already settled in bed. My son also wakes up screaming several times in the night for someone to come and cover him when his blankets come off. We also struggle with ADD and nobody is getting quality sleep and the morning routine is so hard.

  32. Our son sleeps on the bottom of a set of bunk beds. He is taken a small camping light and affixed it to the upper bunk so he has a light to read by while in bed. At night he either has that light on or he wears one of those headlights and hides under the covers. Our biggest challenge is getting him to stop reading and go to sleep. I know that doesn’t sound like a bad thing, but if he falls asleep late, it is harder for him to get up in the morning. If he doesn’t get up to his alarm in the morning it is a struggle to get him up.

  33. What is your family’s biggest bedtime challenge?
    Getting off electronics!!!! And with most of us having ADHD we are wired more for nighttime – making it even harder to go to bed.

    What keeps your child from getting a full night’s sleep — and you, too?
    Getting off electronics!!

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