Is there a greater challenge than getting up in the morning? Probably, but when you wake up bleary-eyed and confused at 6.30am, there seems to be nothing harder. Alarm clocks are an evil but necessary part of life. Luckily for you, we've rounded up a few friendly alarm clock apps for both Apple and Android, to make the start of your day a little bit easier.

1. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (Apple and Android, 99c).

This is a clever little guy. Sleep occurs in stages. It starts light, then becomes a deep sleep, and then you have a stage of dream sleep, called REM sleep (no, not the band). As sleep occurs in stages, this alarm clock tracks your sleep and goes off when you are in your lightest stage of sleep, minimising abrupt awakening!

2. Yocto Alarm Clock (Apple, free).

Not as scientific as the previous app, but nonetheless eases you into the early morning. It has a lot of features, including a white noise feature to help you fall asleep, a power nap feature (which I know we all need), and a sleep timer. Everything a regular alarm clock needs!

Alarm Clock Apps
Need to wake up? There's an app for that!

3. My Alarm Clock (it's the name of an app, I'm not talking about my alarm clock, I swear). (Android, free).

This app turns your phone into an old-fashioned digital alarm clock, meaning when you check your phone all you see is the clock and not your notifications. The alarms will continue to go off even if the app isn't running in the background, which means you never have to worry. My favourite feature about this one is the brightness slider which turns down the brightness on the app so you don't blind your eyes when you go to switch it off in the morning. 

4. Alarm Mon (Android, free). 

This one is going to be bittersweet for some. It's a normal alarm clock until you trying turning it off. It requires you to solve a puzzle or a maths question for the alarm to stop! So not only does it wake you up, it forces your brain to wake up too so you can turn the flipping thing off!

Do you have trouble getting up in the morning? Let us know what works for you on Twitter!