When it comes to being healthy and happy your sleep patterns count more than you realize.

When you don’t sleep enough you become tired, cranky, moody and just plain lazy and this is why you can’t get things done.

People who are dealing with depression are often sleep deprived. One of the first questions they are asked by their doctor is regarding their sleep patterns.

There are different sleep issues that people have. One is the problem of just being able to fall asleep each night.

The next major problem is staying asleep all night without constantly waking up.

Your goal each night should be to sleep around 7 or 8 hours each night. The amount of sleep you require varies depending upon your own personal needs. Some people can manage on just 4 or 5 hours per night while others cannot.

If you cannot fall asleep each night then you want to check that your mattress is comfortable. Sleeping on an old or too soft mattress is not recommended. Your mattress should be firm enough that it provides your body with support while you sleep.

Other things to check include the temperature of your bedroom, if you have any distracting noises during the night and if your room is dark enough. You should sleep in a cool bedroom and if possible you may want to leave your bedroom window open a crack.

If you wake up during the night because of noise levels is there any way you can reduce or eliminate them? Your bedroom should be dark enough and you should use blinds or drapes that close and help darken the room.

If you find that you constantly wake up after a few hours you want to try and see why this is happening. Are you waking up because of a noise or because you are too warm? If you can identify the distraction it will be much easier to try and fix it.

If you are not sure why this happens you may need to take a deeper look at the things that are going on in your life. It is possible that you may be stressed out or worrying about something. When these problems spill over into your sleep patterns then it does become a problem.

One good plan of action is to just start going to bed and getting up at the same time each day.