Over the years I've found that winding down before bed time is absolutely mission critical to getting a goodnights sleep! Techniques that I've recently found to work very well include watching a relaxing film in a room with dimmed lights.
The 'relaxing', in 'relaxing film'. will likely mean different things to different people so it makes sense to choose something that works beset for you. For me it means choosing a title with a slow story with gentle music and ideally quiet scenery, so perhaps, something set in the countryside and during a by gone era.
Upon going to bed, I've found it's better to avoid looking at screens. Recently I've been listening to the dulcet tones of Michael Caine reading his own biography when I go to bed. If you're reading this Michael, please don't take this the wrong way, but I've been finding myself drifting off every night within around 10 mins of pressing play!
Establishing a routine is also a really important part of ensuring a good nights sleep. For me that means aiming to go to bed at regular times. It's been said that the most restful time of sleep is between 10pm and Midnight. Supposedly this period of sleep lends itself best to growth and repair.
Unfortunately such an early bedtime probably isn't going to be practical for many of us but there's something to aim for at least! What are your thoughts? Have you got sleep cracked? Let me know in the comments or message directly here if you have the magic formula to getting a better nights sleep!