Hybrid Sleep, Sleep, Hibernation Options/Modes

There are 3 alternate power-down options (besides shut-down and restart) in Windows 10 to suspend your computer -

1. Sleep
2. Hybrid Sleep
3. Hibernation

Sleep Mode

Sleep Mode uses very little power, your PC starts up faster from Sleep, and within seconds of you "waking" the computer, you are taken back to where you left off before engaging Sleep Mode. You don’t have to be concerned about losing your work (windows and apps that were open at the time that you engaged Sleep mode) if the remaining battery power becomes too low, because Windows will automatically save your open screens and apps by turning off the computer if a super-low batter condition is detected.

Use Sleep when you’re going to be away from your PC for just a short period of time. Upon return to your system, press any key or simply move the mouse to wake the system. Please Note: You may be asked for your password at this point to continue.

Hybrid Sleep Mode

Hybrid Sleep mode is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep is a combination of Sleep and Hibernate modes; it places any open documents and programs into memory and onto your hard drive and then places your computer into a low-power state so that you can quickly resume your work upon return.

When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep, so there is no special selection for you to make or setting to change to engage Hybrid Sleep.

Hybrid Sleep
is typically turned on by default on desktop computers and off by default on laptops. Check Advanced Settings under Power Options to view the settings.

Hybrid Sleep consumes about the same amount of power that Sleep mode does. Hibernation powers down the computer. One of the advantages of Sleep (and Hybrid Sleep) over hibernation is that external devices (e.g., mobile phones) can still be charged in sleep mode but will not charge in hibernation mode.

To adjust power and sleep settings in Windows 10, go to Start, and select Settings > System > Power & sleep.
  • Screen option - select the number of minutes your computer should wait before turning the screen off once the system becomes idle (no user input)
  • Sleep option - select the number of minutes your computer should wait before putting it to sleep once the system becomes idle
  • Additional power settings - Additional power settings


Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops.

While Sleep puts your work and settings into memory and uses a small amount of power, Hibernation puts your work (like open documents, for example) and apps/programs onto your hard drive and then turns your computer off.

Hibernation uses the least amount of power out of the 3 "standby" options listed in this tutorial. On a laptop, use Hibernation when you know that it will be many hours plus before you will use the system again and will not have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

The next time you resume your laptop, the previous session will load into memory, allowing you to pick up where you left off.

Hibernation is not always listed as an option on the shut-down/restart menu screen in Windows 10 by default, but it can be added.

Add Hibernate option in Windows 10 start menu
  1. Bring up Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound > Power Options. (press WIN key + X simultaneously to bring up Control Panel). Also, you may want to change the "View" of the Control Panel to CATEGORY.
  2. Click Choose what the power buttons do
  3. Click the Change Settings that are currently unavailable link
  4. Check the Hibernate (Show in Power menu)
  5. Click on Save changes
Disable/Re-enable Hibernation - Bring up an Administrative CMD Prompt Screen - then either type or paste (preferred) the following into the CMD screen -

Disable Hibernation -
Rich (BB code):
powercfg.exe /hibernate off 

Enable Hibernation -
Rich (BB code):
powercfg.exe /hibernate on


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