We know this one is tough, so we’re getting it out of the way first.
The best thing you can do for a good sleep routine is to actually set a routine: go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
Of course, that’s not easy to do with so many changeable demands on your time, whether that’s getting the kids to school in the morning or binge-watching your favourite tv show in the evening, but the closer you can get to keep things consistent, the better.
This helps to set your “internal clock” to expect sleep at the same time each night, and lets you naturally feel tired at an optimum hour to maximize your ZZZs.
Don’t force it though!
If you’re a night owl, making yourself go to bed at 7pm is just going to cause you to lay awake for hours, so choose times that actually suit you—but do your best to stick to them to create your good sleep routine.