I have a Macbook Air M1 (Arm architecture) with Big Sur 11.5.1 that I use for work.
I use an external monitor and so have the macbook closed all the time - it's set to not sleep when the lid is closed.
Often when I come to it in the morning, it's shut down, as far as I can tell. I can't start it just by pressing the power button, I have to hold the power button down for 10 seconds. This is odd because it's the sort of thing you would (i'd have thought) only have to do when it's actually on, so it's more like it's frozen in a 'black' on state, and i'm hard-resetting it, rather than it's turned itself off and i'm starting it.
It's a bit of a pain because my work environment is quite complicated and even though the macbook does a pretty good job of reopening apps and files and stuff, I still have to do quite a bit of setup to get back to where I was the previous day.
If this is a deliberate feature then I can live with it I guess, though it doesn't explain why it happens some times and not others. But i'd still like to know what's happening.
Can anyone explain this? thanks