Is it better to shut down or put the computer to sleep every night?


You will know what to do after work tonight.

When teleworking, we use our computer every day. After a long day on the Internet, you wonder every night whether it is better to leave the computer on or turn it off. A few years ago, experts advised leaving the computer switched on to avoid damaging its components. However, is this advice valid in 2021? What’s better between hibernating, hibernating, or completely shutting down your computer? We take a look at the pros and cons of each option.

Sleep mode for quick breaks

Sleeping is very useful when you are working and want to be away for a few minutes for a coffee break. Closing the screen of your laptop will immediately go into sleep mode. All of your information is stored in your computer’s random access memory (RAM) and is the only component that uses electricity. The processor and hard drive will shut down to save power.

+: Documents and applications remain open, the re-ignition takes place immediately

-: Because the computer continues to use power (to conserve memory even when the power consumption is very low), the accumulation of temporary files can slow the computer down.

For a coffee break, you can simply close your computer screen. © Pexels / Lisa Fotios

Hibernation, the right compromise

While in sleep mode, you can shut down your computer completely without losing the project you are working on. Just like in sleep mode, when you wake up from hibernation, you will find your open pages and projects as you left them. In contrast to normal hibernation, in which data is stored in RAM, in hibernation it is stored directly on the hard drive. A good compromise that leaves you with no energy consumption and allows you to keep your current projects open.

+: No energy consumption, documents and applications remain open

-: Standby and restart are a little longer

Point to restore speed

A few years ago, due to changes in voltage, specialists advised not to turn off your computer too regularly. But today computers work much better and parts are stronger. If you turn off your computer every evening, you can completely empty your RAM, which gives you a powerful and fast system. Shutting down (and most importantly) allows your computer to make certain updates that are necessary for it to function properly.

+: The computer is updating, out of memory, and more efficient

-: We can’t keep projects open, a restart takes time

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While each option has its pros and cons, hibernating seems like the best solution. Especially since the wear and tear of components through standby mode is correspondingly minimal AVG Antivirus. “Using your laptop every day causes more wear and tear on its components than any other sleep mode.”indicates the site.

However, it is preferable to turn your computer back on two or three times a week. This cut allows your computer to make certain updates and revitalize the system.