Monitor Keeps Going to Sleep | How to Get the Monitor Out of Sleeping?

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A computer monitor that keeps going to sleep is an annoying thing. The issue is frequent on Windows computers and laptops. This is very irritating for movie lovers, online learners, web surfers, and overall virtually for everyone who uses a computer frequently.

If you are facing the same, you may have inadvertently altered the power settings of Windows or the settings are by default in such a way that it tells the computer to go to sleep every after a few minutes.

Monitor Keeps Going to Sleep the issue is fixed

Although the problem is related to power settings, the root cause may even be on the other hardware sides.

You are going to learn about the reasons behind this sleep issue and then find fixes after reading the article. Let’s begin…

Why Does Monitor Keeps Going to Sleep?

There is a difference between powering off and going to sleep on a computer. When you shut down or power off the computer, it closes all of its activities. However, going to sleep means apps are still running in the background but the screen has gone black and you cannot see anything on the monitor. It can happen for various reasons such as-

1. Windows power plan has been told to go to sleep after a few minutes inadvertently or by default.

2. Malicious files and glitches inside the computer are forcing this altercation.

3. Various drivers are outdated and are not synced well with Windows.

4. Change of settings of the second monitor.

5. Battery or power hardware has been damaged for some reasons, etc.

Fixes for Monitor Keeps Going to Sleep Problem

You have to try different fixes to find the one or even a combination of multiple ones for your system. That’s why several fixes are provided here. The screenshots are taken from Windows 10.

1. Changing Power Settings

Step 1: Go to the Windows search bar that can be found on the bottom-left corner of the screen. Search for ‘Power Options’ and click on the best result.

Step 2: Under the preferred plans that you had chosen, Balanced or Power saver, you will see the ‘Change plan settings’ link; click on the link.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Change advanced power settings’ link.

Step 4: Expand the ‘PCI Express’ under which expand the ‘Link State Power Management’. Tap on the ‘Settings’ and expand it to find the ‘Moderate power savings’; make it ‘Off’

Step 5: Hit the ‘Apply’ button and then the ‘OK’ button. Turning off the moderate power savings feature will make sure that your system is not inclined to go to sleep mode frequently.

2. Using Command Prompt

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows logo; and from the appeared menu bar, select the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ option.

Step 2: Tap on the ‘Yes’ button.

Step 3: Type in ‘powercfg –h off’ and hit the enter key. Make sure that you have added a space before the minus sign and after the h letter. Restart the device to apply the changes that have been made.

3. Updating Monitor Drive

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows logo and then select the Device Manager option. Alternatively, you can search it from the Windows search bar or navigate to the control panel.

Step 2: Scroll down the list to find the ‘Monitor’; expand it and select your monitor drive; right-click on it and then click on the ‘Update driver’ option.

Step 3: Next, you can choose from two different options. You can select either ‘Search automatically for drivers’ or ‘browse my computer for drivers’ only if you had downloaded drivers before. Wait for a few minutes to complete the update, restart the device, and your monitor’s sleep issue should be fixed. The rooky users of Windows can let go of this work to dedicated driver software as many do not know the exact driver of a particular manufacturer that should be installed.

4. Letting Monitor Never to Sleep

Step 1: Click on the Windows logo and then the ‘Settings’, the icon of a gear. 

Step 2: Tap on the ‘System’.

Step 3: From the left panel, choose the ‘Power & sleep’ option. Under the ‘Sleep’ menu, select the ‘Never’ from the drag-down menu both for the battery and the plugged-in options. It means your computer will not go to sleep automatically unless you command it to do so.

5. Updating Windows

You must regularly update Windows, different drivers, anti-virus software so that the system remains up to date with the new security features that may be able to stop any malware to infiltrate the system. Also, check out the power settings to see if there is an altercation that provokes the system to go to sleep frequently.


Hopefully, the above-mentioned fixes were good enough to resolve your monitor’s sleep issue. If the problem persists, then you will know that the issue is severe and it may be on the hardware side. You may have to change the battery, reconnect the internal wiring system among the ports, and replace the damaged hardware. And for these, you have to go to your near service centers. 

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