Only 10 more minutes...yawn...

In 2003 I wrote “iWannaSleep” as a simple little sleep timer for my then pregnant girlfriend, who loved (and loves) listening to some music before falling asleep. I released it to the public and it became amazingly popular with many Mac users all over the planet. 

“Without doubt one of the simplest and most useful programs ever made…”

(iCreate issue 5, 2004)

Now, many years and another kid later, I finally heard the numerous requests of users to bring iWannaSleep up to speed with current releases of macOS.

OK, OK, admitted: user requests were countless over the years, but the real reason for finally sitting down and re-writing the whole thing was again one very special girl: my beloved daughter! In one’s teenage years, you may know yourself, it can be tough to get out of bed just to mute the music/web video/you name it, so this called for a technical solution! :D

So, anyways, here it is– proudly presenting:

 iWannaSleep 2.0

iWannaSleep requires macOS 10.13 or higher and, yes, it is fully compatible with macOS Catalina! 

What is iWannaSleep?

Ever wanted to listen to the latest album of your favourite artist while snuggling in bed? But who will turn off the music then and put your Mac to sleep?


Want to make sure your computer won't go to sleep for the next hour so it can finish the batch processing of some of your home video, but then it should shut down? 


Or have you put together a fancy Automator workflow to conclude your work day by archiving your mails and copying them to a network volume, but now you have to go to an appointment and you're unsure wether you will come back to your desk before the end of the office hours to run the workflow?


iWannaSleep is a lightweight timer app that helps you deal with such situations and many more. It conveniently integrates into your menu bar so you can quickly access it no matter what app you are currently working in. It let's you quickly set a timer and chose some action(s) to be performed, much like you are used to from the timer app on your iPhone just quite a bit more powerful!



What can iWannaSleep do?


  • fade out and mute sound system-wide (great if you watch some web video / listen to some web music in bed!)
  • fade out "Music" / "iTunes" volume and put playback to pause
  • run any AppleScript, shell script or Automator workflow
  • put your Mac into sleep mode, or
  • shut it down completely (note1: requires installation of an additional helper script!)


Despite its name, iWannaSleep can also keep your Mac awake (i.e. prevent it from going to display sleep or deep sleep) for the duration of your timer! Comes in handy when you want to lean back to watch some web video for a bit and don't want to get up every five minutes moving your mouse just to turn the display back on! No need for a separate app for this purpose anymore!


1: if you select the action “Shutdown computer” for the first time, you will be offered to download the helper from this website. It is an Apple-notarized “simply-doubleclick” installer that copies the required helper script(s) in the scripts folder.


How exactly do I use it?


Click here to open the help chart (also available via the help button in the app itself).

If you own iWannaSleep already and are looking for help, visit our support page!


Does iWannaSleep record / process / transmit any personal data?


Short answer: absolutely not! For a bit more, see our obligatory privacy statement!

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