5 Ways to Restore Lost Sleep Option in Windows 10

By | March 24, 2022

If your computer has a severe case of insomnia, there are many ways to fix the missing Sleep option in Windows 10. Here’s how.

When you open the Windows 10 Power Menu, you usually see Shut down, Restart, and Sleep options. However, if you recently did an upgrade or set up a new PC, you may notice the Sleep option is missing from Power.

For most laptop users, the missing Sleep option is very annoying, because it means they can’t turn off the laptop and save battery. Luckily, you can restore the Sleep option in Windows 10 with a few tweaks.

Why Sleep Option Is Missing From Power Menu in Windows 10

Usually, the sleep option disappears from the Power menu after upgrading or installing a Windows feature update. However, if the problem appears after doing a clean install, it could be a driver related issue. Regardless of the reason, we’ll cover some quick and complex tweaks to fix this issue.

Enable Sleep Option Via Control Panel

On some PCs, Windows 10 may have disabled the Sleep option by default depending on driver availability or system configuration. The first thing you should do to fix the missing Sleep option is to check the Power options configuration in Control Panel.

To enable Sleep mode in Windows 10:

  • Press the button Windows + R to open the Run dialog box. Type Control Panel and click OK to open the Control Panel.
  • In Control Panel, go to System and Security > Power Options.
  • Click Choose what the power buttons do in the right pane.
  • Next, click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  • Under Shutdown settings, find and check the option sleep. Click Save changes to add a Sleep option to the Power Menu.
  • Close Control Panel and open the Power menu. You will now see a Sleep option with another power mode.

If you can’t find the Sleep option under Power Options in Control Panel, you’ll need to enable it by another method listed. If the Sleep option is grayed out, you need to update your display driver.

Restore Power Options to Default With Command Prompt

Windows 10 allows you to customize your Power plan to meet your needs. However, an improperly configured power scheme may cause the Power option to not work. You can restore the default Power scheme using commands via Command Prompt.

To restore the default power scheme:

  • Click button Start and type cmd. Windows 10 will automatically open a search bar and search for your term. Right click on Command Prompt when it appears and select Run as administrator.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter to execute:
 powercfg -restoredefaultschemes
  • On successful execution, you will not see a success message.
  • Close Command Prompt. Next, open the Power menu to see if Sleep mode is accessible.
  • Enable Sleep Mode Via Local Group Policy Editor

    Local Group Policy Editor allows you to configure computer and user settings for local computers using the Local Group Policy Editor. For example, you can edit the policy Show sleep in power options menu in the editor to enable Sleep mode on your system.

    Local Group Policy Editor is only available on Windows 10 Pro and above. If you’re not using the Pro version, follow our guide to enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home. Once you’ve enabled the Local Group Policy Editor, you’re good to go.

    To enable the Sleep option in the Power menu:

    • Press the button Windows + R to open Run. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
    • Next, in the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following location:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer
  • In the panel on the right, find and right-click on the policy Show sleep in the power options menu and select Edit.
    • choose Enabled and click Apply and OK to save changes.

    That will return the Sleep option to the Power menu in Windows 10. If you don’t see the change right away, restart your computer and check again.

    If that doesn’t work, try changing the policy Sleep Settings in the Group Policy Editor. To do this, open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Sleep Settings.

    In the right pane, find and right click Allow standby states (S1-S3) when sleeping (plugged-in) and select Edit. Set to Enabled/Not Configured and click Save changes.

    Open the Power menu again and check to see if your Sleep button is back.

    Run Troubleshoot Power

    Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter that can help you find and fix problems for hardware and system-related settings.

    The power troubleshooter is one such tool and can help you fix problems with your computer’s power settings. Here’s how to use it.

    • Press the button Windows + I to open Settings.
    • Next, open Updates and Security and click Troubleshoot in the left pane.
    • If you don’t see any troubleshooting options, click Additional troubleshooters.
    • Scroll down to Find and fix other problems and click Power.
    • Next, click Run the troubleshooter. It will scan the system for power scheme related issues and fix them automatically.
    • Close the troubleshooter and open the Power option to see if the Sleep option is now available.

    You can also run the Power troubleshooter from the Run dialog box. To do this, press the button Windows + R, type msdt.exe /en PowerDiagnostic and press Enter. Then, in the Power troubleshooter window that appears, click Next to run it.

    How to Enable Grayed Out Sleep Option in Control Panel

    Sometimes you can physically see the Sleep option on your computer, but you can’t actually click on it because it’s grayed out. Luckily, if this has happened to you, there is an easy way to fix it.

    If you recently purchased a Windows 10 laptop with the Sleep option grayed out, the system is likely using an old driver installed on the production line. Thus, the best thing you can do after setting up your new PC is to install all pending drivers and Windows updates.

    To do this, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Updates and check for available Windows updates.

    You can also manually install the latest display drivers from the laptop/GPU vendor’s website, Windows device manager, or use a proprietary tool like GeForce Experience or AMD Radeon Software if you have a discrete graphics unit.

    You Should See Sleep Option in Power Menu Now

    Additional power modes such as Sleep and Hibernation allow you to save power without completely shutting down the system. If you don’t find the Sleep option after upgrading, install all pending updates for your system. Since Windows installs generic Microsoft display drivers by default, this can be inefficient when you want to access advanced system settings.