Why must we sleep?

We may not know exactly why we need to sleep, but we do know that our body needs sleep to rest and recover. If the sleep is inadequate, performance of the brain and the body goes down. One becomes irritable and cannot concentrate. After several days of inadequate sleep, one may start hallucinating. The duration of sleep needed depends on the person and the age. While most babies sleep for more than 12 hours a day, some old people need only 5-6 hours of sleep.