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This article is about the parenting tradition. For the television series, see Bedtime (TV series). For the song, see Bedtime (song).

Bedtime is a popular parenting tradition that involves, to a greater or lesser extent, rituals made to help children feel more secure,[1] and become accustomed to a comparatively more rigid schedule of sleep than they would sometimes prefer. It may involve stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and/or methods of coaxing the children into changing into their pajamas.


Sometimes the term is used to mean simply "time for bed," similar to curfew, as in "It's past my bedtime."

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

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