Should I always use the sleep mode?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by thinkbig12, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008

    I'm wondering if letting my mac on sleep mode all the time hurts it? Or should I always shut it down? I've heard the sleep mode from apple is really effective.

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Yes, in fact, typically sleep mode is better for the computer than a complete shut down.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    Yeah, it's fine, I only put mine to sleep. One time my wireless connectivity was acting weird so I rebooted and it was fine, but I don't actually know if there was a connection between problem-action-effect. Leave it in sleep, it'll be fine. I personally only shut down or reboot for either software updates or troubleshooting.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    Really? Its kinda weird for me, I'm used (as a computer user) to always shut down my computer. Now it feels like I'm using my ipod touch! Leave it on sleep all the time! I think I'll get used to it then!
  5. macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    From experience, I say always shut down at night. If I don't shut down or reboot for a while, everything begins to slow down and things like the transparent play bar in quicktime is no longer transparent anymore and overall, it makes everything very sluggish. Also, I find that the laptop has a hotter idle temp as well.
  6. RMo
    macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    I normally just put my MacBook to sleep at night. That way, it's ready sooner in the morning, and the amount of power consumed is probably not that different from what it would be if you shut down and had to wait for it to boot up again. And OS X is usually stable enough that you can go for days, weeks, and probably even months without rebooting--I normally do so only when, for example, a security update requires me to.

    But you can do whichever you prefer.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    My MacBook, according to the uptime code in terminal, has been running for 21 days without a reboot.
  8. macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I always thought it really didn't matter either way; how is sleep superior?

    Anyhow, I keep my computer sleeping all the time. The only time my computer ever restarts is when I have software updates. It makes it easier to just open it up and check something quickly, and is an all-around easier way to keep the computer going for those times when you aren't using it for extended times.

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