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What To Do When Your Windows 10 Won’t Sleep?

Your Windows 10 not sleeping is not at all uncommon among PC users! And as all popular problems do, this one also has a relatively simple solution. So let’s get to know the reasons why your Windows 10 computer won’t sleep and how to amend this problem so that you can continue your life!

How To Fix Windows 10 Sleep Mode Not Working

  1. Search For What or Who Is Stopping Windows From Sleeping:

To solve the problem, you must first find the very root of it. You may start this task by searching CMD in your Windows search box and choose “Run as administrator” on the options menu from the command prompt icon.

Only as the administrator of your computer can you start to give commands to search for the application that stops Sleep mode from working properly. Punch in this line: 

“powercfg -requests”

Consequently, you’ll receive a list of apps that results in Windows 10 Sleep not working. All you have to do when you find the culprit is to uninstall it for Sleep mode to go back on its track.

Windows 10 Sleep not working
Image 1. This is how it should look after you enter the line.

Let’s take this a step further; if you want to keep the application yet disable its ability to make your computer not going to sleep Windows 10, try entering this command instead.

“powercfg -requestsoverride <CALLER_TYPE>“<NAME>”<REQUEST>”

From the list of culprits, you can also conjure up the exact application that causes the most recent trouble to your computer’s Sleep mode. This will require you to punch in this very line:

“powercfg -lastwake”

Softwares hold the majority of responsibility behind the cases where your computer won’t go to sleep. However, you should also look out for any devices that wake your PC up during its nap, like an adapter, a USB drive, etc.

To get a list of every device that prevents Sleep mode from occurring, run this command right here:

“powercfg -devicequery wake_armed”

For example, you figure out that a network adapter is what’s keeping your computer awake. Now, consult this tutorial to solve this problem.

  • Head to the Windows 10’s search box and click on the option that says “Device Manager”.
Image 2. You should be able to find the search bar in the taskbar.
  • Click on “Network Adapters” to see more.
  • Examine the properties of the problem-causing adapter by right-clicking on it.
Image 3. Most of the time, the word “Properties” will be in bold.
  • Manage the capacities of the network adapter in the “Power Management” tab and go for the settings “Allow the computer to turn off this device”. This adjustment will make sure that the adapter will be disconnected along with the state of the computer, rather than being in charge and keeping it awake.
Image 4. Allowing the computer to take the device down with it will stop it from being awake.

Applications and devices are two of the most common reasons why your Windows 10 won’t sleep. Let’s learn about the more overlooked elements that leave your PC bright at night.

  1. Disable Wake Timers:

To reach the wake timers, follow these steps to make sure it doesn’t control how your PC rests.

  • You’ll need to use the key combo Windows + R to open Run, and insert this phrase “control.exe powercfg.cpl,,3” to open the window of power options.
Image 5. From here, there’s a lot of resources you can get your hands on!
  • Click twice on “Sleep” to see its properties.
  • From then, you can see the section that’s reserved for wake timers and disable them.

If you’re making adjustments to your laptop, please do this step for both “On Battery” and “Plugged In” modes. That way, you don’t have to worry about wasting your battery no matter which state your laptop is in.

Image 6. Disabling wake timers can save you a lot of battery power!
  1. Allow Your PC To Sleep:

Occasionally, the reason why your Windows 10 won’t sleep is that you have not given it the specifications to. 

People make a lot of adjustments to their PC without knowing, so if you happen to re-purchase your appliances from a secondhand source, this might be the case. Third-party settings can also be the root of this issue.

With that being said, let’s turn your basic Power settings to their default state.

  • Open Windows 10’s search box once more, and look for “Edit Power plan”. Click on the icon once you see it appear in the results.
  • On the resulting pop-up window, you should choose the Advanced Power Settings to reach Sleep mode since the basic functions won’t be able to do much on the matter.
Image 7. Nothing to see here; let’s move onto Advanced Settings!
  • From the next window, you can try to undo the changes made to the power plan by clicking “Restore Plan Defaults”. Here, you can also explore the Multimedia settings options to avoid resetting Sleep mode for other states of your PC. 

To reduce further complications, set “Allow the computer to sleep” in both the “On battery” and “Plugged in” modes. Hit “OK” at the end, and now you can rest assured that your computer sleeps when you do!

Image 8. This is where the magic happens!
  1. Disable Fast Startup:

Another feature that you might be familiar with is “Fast Startup”. To put it simply, your PC system saves drivers and kernels from being disrupted immediately as the computer boots up. Usually, this feature does not interfere with any of the files it stores but rather gives you a shortcut at a push of a button to jump right back to work!

Unfortunately, if you have been using the same computer for a few years, Fast Startup may cause hindrances to Sleep mode. By storing information for an immediate popup, the computer may recognize this as the files not closing all the way, and refuses to go to sleep.

If your PC is like this, follow these steps to disable the aforementioned feature from automatically turning itself on.

  • Once again, look for Power options from the Windows search bar.
Image 9. In case you’ve forgotten, this is how it should look!
  • Wait for the settings window to pop up and select Additional Power settings. You’ll then have to go to a section named “Choose what the power button does”.
Image 10. Take notice of the red squares. If you forget any of the steps, you can come back to them.
  • You will be able to find the changes that are not outright available to common users like Fast Startup in there. Once you’ve spotted the feature, you need to uncheck the box next to it to initiate disabling.
Image 11. There’s no specific section for Fast Startup.
Image 12. You can find the feature here.
Image 13. Once this box is blank, the problem is gone!
  1. Disable Screensaver:

Sometimes, something as simple as a screensaver can be the reason why your computer won’t sleep. It’s quite a simple fix, so just follow this little guide to curing your PC off insomnia.

  • Once again, head to the Windows 10 search box and begin typing in “Screen saver” to reach the area of the problem. If you’re already familiar with the Control Panel, you can also reach “Screen saver” from there.
Image 14. The section belongs to the control panel.
  • Once you’ve reached the settings window, select “None” from the list provided. 
Image 15. And with that, we’re done!

Usually, a screensaver is the least of your worries, but if your computer model is a little outdated, this problem is not out of reach!

  1. Additional Efforts:

Aside from the aforementioned common causes, there can be many more complicated mechanisms that stop your Windows 10 from getting some shuteye. If all else fails, you may resort to:

  • Doing a clean boot and making sure that no third-party installments are interfering with your Windows 10.
  • Getting Windows’ Troubleshooting functions to do the job for you and fix up whatever it detects.
  • Updating Windows 10 entirely. This is a fail-safe method if the inability to sleep is just one of the many problems you have with your computer.
  • Disabling Hybrid Mode from the Advanced Power option settings that we’ve discussed above.

If all else fails, you might need to make a trip to a professional technician or any computer stores that cater to your warranty plans. We sincerely hope that it doesn’t have to get to that point, though.


Now, when your Windows 10 won’t sleep, you can trust this handy tutorial to save you from the troubles! And to prevent this occurrence from repeating itself, you can save this article for later uses, as well. If you have any other questions regarding the situation, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll help you sort the situation out!

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