I am searching for an alarm clock that does the following, in order of importance:
- Works reliably. Reliability is the most common complaint for alarm clock apps, from the dozens I've read about.
- Allows multiple alarms to be set with a single button push after initial setup.
- Has a volume increasing option (as with the stock alarm).
- (Seems impossible, but I'll throw it out there anyway) When docked, turns off lights behind the physical buttons (Droid X) and dims the clock to a low level where it is usable in a pitch-black room. No other clock does this, and I've tried a good number. The hardware testers must have slept with blindfolds on if they thought the stock alarm (when dimmed) was dim enough.
- Turns off notification sounds & freaking annoying blinking LED when docked & dimmed. Notifications should still show up in the status bar when you look at it later.
- (Optional, but ideal) Allows a work start time to be entered, and multiple alarms can be set based on subtracting a number of hours/minutes from that time.
I would use this for three alarms on a "normal" workday, where I have to be there by 6:30:
- 21:30 the night before ("don't forget you work early, GO TO SLEEP")
- 5:00 (take prescription, or a "gentle alarm" for non-narcoleptics)
- 5:30 (wake up).
A family might use this on a weekday to coordinate bedtimes, and who gets in the shower first, etc., if they only have one bathroom.
Some background as to why I am looking for this:
I recently started a job as a dispatcher. I'm the "rotater", which is a nice way of saying "filler". I can work any shift - 1st, 2nd, or 3rd - and this can change from day to day based on staffing needs.
I'm also narcoleptic. Without taking a prescription, I fall asleep unexpectedly. This means that every morning I need two alarms: The first is where I take my prescription. The second, 30+ minutes later, is where I'm actually capable of moving around without falling asleep in my cereal bowl. I've seen other apps that have similar functions as a "gentle" alarm, but the intention there is to not wake the person up if they don't hear it right away. In contrast, I need
that first alarm to wait for my reaction.
I would be grateful for any recommendations of existing applications that have this functionality or something close. I was surprised that with how simple this sounds, it is not readily available - or at least I couldn't find it.