Vibrations during an alarm to wake up?


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Sep 18, 2013
Hi. I'm Deaf, so I have to depend on vibrations to help me wake up. Currently, I have a bulky large bed vibrator that's under my pillow. I'm wanting to maybe get rid of it and instead buy an Apple Watch so I can get wake up alarms that vibrates on my wrist. Would the watch be capable of doing this? Also, is the watch comfortable to sleep with?

Thanks so much!

Newtons Apple

Mar 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
My Apple watch haptic motor could never be depended on to wake me up.

But if you are a light sleeper you might find it works for you.

You got 14 days to return if it does not.

I have a friend who is deaf and he has a similar device between his mattress and box springs to wake him up.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 6, 2006
I think it depends on your level of sleeping. I'm hard of hearing and also used to use the sonic-boom type alarm clock to wake up. Now I use the watch. I find that it does indeed wake me, but I sometimes have to set multiple alarms.

As for comfortable to sleep with, yes, I'd say it is. I've been sleeping with it every night since mid-April and have had no irritation.


macrumors 68000
Jan 18, 2008
Hawaii, USA
I use it for that purpose, and I think that it works very well. I used to use a Fitbit before this, and I will admit that the vibration on the Fitbit was a bit stronger than on the Watch. Still, I haven't had a situation where the watch has not woken me up. I don't think that I'm a super light sleeper, but of course, I don't know how I compare to other people.

Regarding comfort, I use a Milanese loop band, and slightly loose and it. Surprisingly, it's not uncomfortable at all.

As of version 3 of the operating system, they have introduced "theater mode," which makes it so that the watch screen does not light up regardless of which orientation your wrist rotates. It's perfect for sleep, because that way, no matter which way you move in your sleep, the screen will not activate and awaken you (or anyone who is sleeping in the same bed).