Should I Sleep: Make Your MacBook See & Hear You To Prevent Sleeping

Dave LeClair 26-10-2012

Have you ever been reading something long on your MacBook only to have the monitor dim because you are not touching the mouse or keyboard? This is definitely annoying, and it can break you out of your concentration. Well with Should I Sleep, that won’t be a problem anymore. It uses the available detection devices in your MacBook to find out if you are still at the computer, and if you are, it tells the MacBook not to dim the screen and go to sleep because it knows you are still at the computer working.


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Should I Sleep only activates a few seconds before your computer goes to sleep, so it does not use much battery. It uses your computer’s camera and microphone to check for faces, movement, and ambient noise. If it detects any of these, it knows the computer is still in use and it prevents it from going to sleep. It can also stop sleeping if there is an external display connected and the old fashioned way where you define a certain amount of time before it should go to sleep.

This is a very useful free app if you’re sick of your computer going to sleep when you are trying to use it.


  • Unique way to prevent computer from sleeping.
  • Face detection available for free.
  • Other sensors available with in-app purchase.
  • Only runs right before sleep to save battery.

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  1. Daniel Dawson
    February 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    points are not showing up

  2. Daniel Dawson
    February 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    this article is great. do they have one for windows and linux?