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This issue goes way back......All my machines run 24/7. They are clean and cool, with proper standby/hibernate settings for minimal power use.
I do agree that with optimal sleep/hibernate settings, you can save your self some $ in terms of power consumption...but thats it.
Repeated sleep/hibernate sessions fill your system with junk and due to numerous state-saves and paging file constraints, your p-files are compressed to high ratios which require alot of system resources to extract and restore during system 'wake-ups'.
Hibernate states use almost no power at all hence on 'wake-up', the system takes a lot longer to warm up. It has to extract compressed p-file, restore previous session and all this is done by cross-referencing and indexing...low system resources mean more hdd cycles required etc
In such a case, clean system boot is faster and better.