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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".


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.