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Bedtime is a parenting tradition in the West 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 quite often prefer. It may involve stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and/or methods of coaxing the children into changing into their pajamas. Children refusing to go to bed, or unwilling to go to bed, is a common problem.

The causes include:

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.

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

In adults, changes in bedtime may occur due to shift work, often creating severe problems with sleep rhythms. Natural sleeping rhythms lead to individually appropriate bedtimes, varying according to a person's chronotype.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Contents

English

Etymology

bed + time

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
bedtime

Plural
bedtimes

bedtime (plural bedtimes)

  1. The time or hour at which one typically retires to bed in order to sleep.
    I'd love to stay and chat longer, but it's past my bedtime and I need some rest.

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