What are the main reasons for using Epics?

We have a few stories that have grown as we are creating sub-tasks to them (in the middle of a sprint).  We realize now the story may be better categorized as an Epic (large user story).

Is it worth changing existing stories into Epics during a sprint? In that case we would need to promote the sub-tasks into stories. What are the main benefits of using Epics?

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