A bedtime is a popular parenting tradition in the West that involves, to a greater or lesser extent, rituals made to help children feel more secure , 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.
In boarding schools and on trips or holidays that involve young people, the equivalent of bedtime is lights-out.
Sometimes the term is used to mean simply "time for bed," similar to curfew.
Articles on Sleep
|Sleep Stages||Rapid eye movement sleep • Beta wave sleep • Gamma wave sleep • Non-rapid eye movement sleep • Slow-wave sleep • Theta wave sleep • Delta wave sleep|
|Sleep disorders||Sleep deprivation • Insomnia • Parasomnia • Sleepwalking • Sleeptalking • Night terror • Dyssomnia • Hypersomnia • Narcolepsy • Sleep apnea • Ondine's curse • Nocturnal myoclonus • Circadian rhythm sleep disorder • Nocturia • Automatic behavior • Sleeping sickness|
|Benign Phenomena||Dream • Nightmare • Exploding head syndrome • Lucid dream • False awakening • Sleep paralysis • Hypnagogia • Hypnic jerk • Nocturnal emission • Somnolence|
|Other Sleep-related Topics||Bed bug • Sleep and learning • Snoring • Jet lag • Sleep debt • Power nap • Polyphasic sleep • Siesta • Bedtime • Bedtime story|