hey friends who have smart phones, i have two apps to recommend to you that have made my life a lot easier, and maybe they will help you too!
the first one is an alarm app called I Can’t Wake Up!
you can find it here on google play or here on the itunes store.
i have disordered sleeping and i take a medication every night that makes me very tired, so it can be nigh impossible to get myself out of bed in the morning (or afternoon, for that matter). this app is super customizable and it gives you tasks that you have to perform before the alarm will shut off - you can do math problems, memory and matching tasks, ordering numbered tiles, re-typing randomly generated text, etc.
my two favorites are the ones that get your body moving: “shake” - shake the phone vigorously until a bar is full - and the “barcode.” the barcode is great because even if you keep your phone right next to you while you sleep it forces you to get out of bed and scan a code (or several) that you’ve chosen previously. i cut mine out of a receipt and taped it behind my bathroom mirror, but you could also use something like a product barcode that requires you to locate the item.
i can’t speak for the iOS version but the android app, while effective, does not have a particularly user-friendly interface - that said, once you dig through some menus you can customize it almost any way you want. if you’re like me, your half-conscious brain will do almost anything to avoid being fully awake, and you can’t rely on willpower to get you there. with this you can plan for your own devious tricks by disabling free snoozes or giving yourself awake tests after the first alarm to make sure it worked. once i figured out that i could press an “i can’t find it!” button to avoid getting out of bed for the barcode task the app became way less effective for me…so i turned off that option!
the other app i really like is called MediSafe
(here for android and here for iOS)
i take three different medications at three different times every day, and to remember i used to just set an alarm on my phone’s clock. that sort of worked, but more often than not i would turn the alarm off and then promptly forget about it.
i like this app because the notification noise sounds like a bottle of pills being shook and isn’t similar to any other noise my phone normally makes. it pops up with a window containing the name of the medication and a picture of what the med looks like, which is a really nice visual reminder. if i ignore this notification, it reminds me again continually every half hour (you can set this however you’d like) until i tell the app that i took it.
in the app you can see your daily pill box, track measurements like blood glucose, pulse, or weight if you need to, and you can designate someone to be your MedFriend - a person who will help you remember to take your meds if you forget.
i still don’t always take my meds exactly on time but since i started using this app i only forgot my cymbalta once.
okay that’s all, i know this is kind of a long post but these two apps have been really amazingly helpful for me and i hope this helps someone else too! <3