A computer that never shuts down is the equivalent of a compulsive hoarder, frantically piling disk caches, temporary files, and other digital garbage throughout its system. Putting the machine to sleep halts this junk-gathering process, but doesn't purge it. To prevent your computer from gradually slowing under the growing burden of its own waste, simply restart or fully shut the thing down.
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