Have you ever had one of those nights where you dozed the entire time? You know, those nights when you’re too tired to sleep so you wind up dozing lightly, waking up every half an hour or so. Then, when you wake up in the morning, you don’t feel terrible but your brain is in neutral and it’s hard to focus on things. Compare that to how wonderful you feel after getting a really good solid 7-8 hours of sleep. You’re in bed by 10 PM and don’t hear a thing until the alarm wakes you at 6 am. Bliss! You’re ready for your day!

Believe it or not, computers are a lot like us. We can put them into a “dozing” state by allowing them to sleep when not in use instead of shutting them off, and while this is fine for a few days or so you’ve probably noticed your computer becomes sluggish. Why is that? Well, just like you your computer needs to shut down every once in awhile in order to refresh its memory and clear out its caches. The only way to do that is to turn it off completely. Not sleep. Not hibernate. Look for that shutdown button and sing your computer a lullaby and in the morning it will be bright, perky, and ready to show you what it can do!