Whether it’s best to totally shut down your computer or just leave it in sleep mode is largely a matter of personal preference, writes George Zapo at Lifehack.
Shutting down your computer will save energy and also help it last longer.
On the other hand, shutting down computers is inconvenient, and it may interrupt automated backups or maintenance.
If you’re stepping away for a few hours, consider sleep, but if it’s overnight, you might want to turn it off.
— Adapted from “Helping to Solve the All-Time Mystery: Is It Better to Shut Down Your Computer or Keep It on Sleep Mode?,” George Zapo, Lifehack.