Almost always, I use my Macbook Air (M1) connected to an external display and closed. This means under the "clamshell mode".
On most occasions, I simply stop using the computer. After 5 minutes without activity, the machine is configured to sleep. If I wanna reuse it, I just need to press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse. When I wrap-up my day, I usually just cease my use which generates inactivity.
Sometimes, I get afraid of letting the computer too long without completely shutting it down. Hence, I click on the "apple" icon and set it to a proper shut down.
It is a bit inconvenient to shut it down because I use a vertical laptop stand. Hence, when I want to turn it on, I need to remove the MacBook from the vertical laptop stand, open it, press the power button, close it, and then put it again on the vertical laptop stand.
I am not sure if shutting down is really recommended (or how often it is recommended).
What is the best practice in this situation?
In case shutting down frequently is the recommended approach, is there any way to turn the Macbook on without opening the laptop and pressing the button?