Differences between wait() and sleep() method in Java?

The sleep() method is a static method of Thread class and it can send the current running thread into a “Non-Runnable” state whereas wait() method is an instance method, we are calling it using thread object and it is only affected for that object.

The sleep() method wakeup after time expires or call the interrupt() method whereas wait() method wakeup after time expires or call notify() or notifyAll() method. The sleep() method doesn't release any lock or monitor while waiting whereas wait() method releases the lock or monitor while waiting.

Syntax for sleep() method

public static void sleep(long millis) throws InterruptedException

Syntax for wait() method

public final void wait() throws InterruptedException


public class ThreadTest implements Runnable {
   private int number = 10;
   public void methodOne() throws Exception {
      synchronized(this) {
         number += 50;
         System.out.println("Number in methodOne(): " + number);
   public void methodTwo() throws Exception {
      synchronized(this) {
         Thread.sleep(2000); // calling sleep() method 
         this.wait(1000); // calling wait() method
         number *= 75;
         System.out.println("Number in methodTwo(): " + number);
   public void run() {
      try {
      } catch (Exception e) {
   public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
      ThreadTest threadTest = new ThreadTest();
      Thread thread = new Thread(threadTest);


Number in methodOne(): 60
Number in methodTwo(): 4500

Updated on: 28-Nov-2023

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