bed·​time | \ ˈbed-ˌtīm How to pronounce bedtime (audio) \

Definition of bedtime

: a time for going to bed

Examples of bedtime in a Sentence

The children are still up? It's way past their bedtimes.

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Also, there's an app that accompanies Glow, allowing you to easily customize your bedtime and morning routines. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The New Casper Glow Is a Light Designed to Help You Fall Asleep," 29 Jan. 2019 Eating smaller meals rather than large ones can also help, as can avoiding eating a couple hours before lying down to help prevent issues at bedtime. Danielle Sepulveres, SELF, "My Exercise-Induced Acid Reflux Almost Made Me Stop Running," 7 Nov. 2018 Parents and children must share a book five times at bedtime, five times at naptime and check children’s music out of the library and listen to it together. Steve Sadin,, "Deerfield Library set to kick off summer reading program," 4 June 2018 While the jury's still out on whether late-evening exercise causes sleep disturbances or not, sleep experts generally warn against working out right before bedtime, which may interfere with the temperature regulation your body needs for sleep. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Easy Ways to Streamline Your Day," 18 Nov. 2010 This is particularly true at bedtime, when the mind is freest to dig up every anxiety, unanswered email, and amount spent that should have been saved. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "You May Never Have Things Under Control, But You Can Have a Pajama Set," 22 May 2018 Tall, with skinny limbs and hair the color of a penny, Emmett often chooses a collection of Bible stories my mother gave him years ago as a bedtime book. Mary Beth Keane, Vogue, "Amid Scandal After Scandal, One Catholic Mother Faces A Painful Choice," 6 Dec. 2018 The customizable bedtime setting also tells the Forma when to bump up the orange light in the evening to prevent extra blue light from having a deleterious effect on your eyes and mind before sleep. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 2018 Or stay put: The hotel has a beer concierge who takes guests through some of the state’s most sought-after brews, including Hill Farmstead and Heady Topper and a ‘bedtime menu’ that includes flannel bathrobes and a hot toddy. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "See Vermont Fall Foliage in These 12 Beautiful Places," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bedtime

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bedtime

: the usual time when someone goes to bed


bed·​time | \ ˈbed-ˌtīm How to pronounce bedtime (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedtime

: time to go to bed

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