NodeMCU-Deep Sleep


If you are working on a project, the battery connected to the ESP8266 doesn’t last long. The battery may be Lithium ion, Lithium Polymer, Lead acid or even a power bank. In order to save the battery, there are many ways we can reduce the clock speed of the microcontroller, we can write a well optimized firmware(Like using more pointers and global variables which don't affect the CPU) or we can use sleep modes if they are provided in the microcontroller. NodeMCU has sleep modes which can be controlled through a GPIO “D0” pin. While switching the Nodemcu into this mode, the battery consumption will be less and your battery will live longer than you think.

Types of Sleeps: There are 3 types of sleep modes. They are Modem, Light and Deep-Sleep

1. Modem-Sleep: In this mode, the CPU will be operated whereas the Wi-Fi is disabled. This mode is used in applications where we don’t need an internet connection and the CPU should be working. This actually makes the NodeMCU wifi circuit to be turned off in this sleep-mode.
2. Light-Sleep: In this mode, the CPU will be paused until unless it is interrupted by interrupt pins. The data will not be transferred, wifi is not available and the CPU will be paused to save the power.
3. Deep-Sleep: In this mode, only Real-Time Clock(RTC) is functional. The Wifi circuit in Nodemcu and the CPU will not be functional. This RTC keeps track of ESP8266, which is in terms of time. This mode is the most efficient way of power saving.
Different types of modes are used according to your purpose of programming.

Deep-Sleep Mode: These modes are useful when you need to shut-off some functions for the microcontroller. For example, if you buy a gaming laptop, when you are not gaming you can shut-off the gaming option and use it as a normal laptop. In a similar way this sleep works on the same principle. The maximum time that nodemcu can sleep is approximately 71min. At 2.5V it requires only 20μA current.
Working of Deep-Sleep Mode by an Example:
Suppose you are working on a project, which will be like this.
➢ The Wi-Fi is connected.
➢ The data is taken from a sensor to nodemcu.
➢ The nodemcu sends the data to the cloud or to any other device.
➢ Sleeps for a predefined time.
➢ Wake’s up and perform the same action again.
So, in dealing with this there are two things. We should put it to sleep for a certain period and we should wake it up. We should connect the RST pin to the GPIO 16 pin which is labeled as “D0”. This should be connected after uploading the program in the nodemcu. The reason is after uploading the program the RST pin will be “high” whenever the NodeMCU is running. So, whenever the reset pin receives the “low” signal it restarts the NodeMCU. So, whenever we enable the deep sleep mode for a certain time, a timer runs and after that is done, GPIO 16 pin sends a low signal to the RST pin and the whole program restarts. For the pinout of NodeMCU click here.
* ESP8266 Deep sleep mode example
void setup() {
// Deep sleep mode for 45 seconds, the ESP8266 wakes up by itself when GPIO 16 (D0 in NodeMCU board) is connected to the RESET pin. Serial.println("I'm awake, but I'm going into deep sleep mode for 30 seconds");
// Deep sleep mode until RESET pin is connected to a LOW signal (for example pushbutton or magnetic reed switch)
//Serial.println("I'm awake, but I'm going into deep sleep mode until RESET pin is connected to a LOW signal");
void loop() {
ESP.deepSleep(45e6) indicates that it is in deep sleep for 45sec. The 45e6 indicates 45000000 microseconds.
ESP.deepSleep(uS) -- Format.
We should connect “D0” pin to the RST pin after uploading the code.
After uploading the code you can see the serial monitor printing "I'm awake, but I'm going into deep sleep mode for 30 seconds". This means the ESP8266 is undergoing deepsleep for 30sec in which only RTC will work while other functionalities will be shutdowned.