Bedtime

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Bedtime (also called putting to bed or tucking in) is a ritual part of parenting to help children feel more secure,[1] and become accustomed to a more rigid schedule of sleep than they might prefer. It may involve bedtime stories, children's songs, nursery rhymes, bed-making and getting children to change into nightwear.

In adult use, the term means simply "time for bed", similar to curfew, as in "It's past my bedtime".

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In boarding schools and on trips or holidays that involve young people, the equivalent of bedtime is lights out or lights-out; a term also used in prisons, hospitals, in the military, and in sleep research.

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  1. ^ Dr Scoresby. "Winning the bedtime battle". Archived from the original on 20 August 2000.