I think the system builders were just covering their asses lest they get sued. I think it's somewhat paranoid but then I'd probably do something similar if people were threatening to sue me.
At least I have the answer now though a factory reset will undo everything I've just been doing for the last week.
Evidently, I prefer the sleep mode option so I don't have to listen to it when I'm sleeping and also to save power when not in use. 16 hrs sleep mode vs 8 hours use. I know computer components don't use a huge amount of energy but it all adds up.