Do you always feel that sleep-ing is a waste of time? Think you can get away with just four to five hours everyday? Make up for your sleep deficit by sleeping all weekend? It’s time you rectify your sleeping patterns. Here are some rea-sons why sleep is so essential…- Not getting your requisite seven to eight hours of sleep daily will make you sluggish and tired the next day. On the other hand, when you sleep ad-equately, you will notice that you’re more alert and activ.- A perpetual lack of sleep can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can eventual-ly lead to strokes and heart dis-ease. It can also lead to the pro-duction of stress hormones.- Often find yourself forget-ting tasks, events and dates? You’re evidently not getting enough sleep. When you fall asleep, your brain goes through the events of the day, sifting through important in-formation and discarding un-important things. This is the time when the mind shapes up memories that you can recol-lect at a later time.- You body needs to recover from the daily stress and wear and tear that it goes through. And what better time to do that than when you’re asleep. While you sleep, the cells in your body start to produce more protein to repair dam-aged cells.- One of the best ways to keep your heart healthy and choles-terol levels in check is by mak-ing sure that you get enough sleep.