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* ''Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack'' is a picture book based on ''WesternAnimation/IncrediblesTwo'' and features the scene from the movie of Mr. Incredible reading the "Doozles are Dozing" book about creatures going to bed.
* The [[Literature/GoldenBooks Little Golden Book]] ''Time for Bed, Elmo'' based on ''Series/SesameStreet'' is set at Elmo's bedtime. He feeds his fish, strokes his cat, and asks for another story and a drink of water, which prevent him from falling asleep, until his babysitter has him count sheep.

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* ''Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack'' is a picture book based on ''WesternAnimation/IncrediblesTwo'' ''WesternAnimation/Incredibles2'' and features the scene from the movie of Mr. Incredible reading the "Doozles are Dozing" book about creatures going to bed.
* The [[Literature/GoldenBooks [[Literature/LittleGoldenBooks Little Golden Book]] ''Time for Bed, Elmo'' based on ''Series/SesameStreet'' is set at Elmo's bedtime. He feeds his fish, strokes his cat, and asks for another story and a drink of water, which prevent him from falling asleep, until his babysitter has him count sheep.


[[NotToBeConfusedWith Do not confuse this]] at any cost with ReadyForLovemaking, which is about "getting to bed" in a completely different sense.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a segment called "Nighty-Night, Toons", where everyone in the studio goes to bed. It has a [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] narrator, parodying {{Goodnight Moon}}.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a segment called "Nighty-Night, Toons", where everyone in the studio goes to bed. It has a [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] narrator, parodying {{Goodnight Moon}}.''Literature/GoodnightMoon''.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a segment called "Nighty-Night, Toons", where everyone in the studio goes to bed. It has a [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] narrator, parodying [[Goodnight Moon]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a segment called "Nighty-Night, Toons", where everyone in the studio goes to bed. It has a [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] narrator, parodying [[Goodnight Moon]].{{Goodnight Moon}}.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a segment called "Nighty-Night, Toons", where everyone in the studio goes to bed. It has a [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] narrator, parodying children's books.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a segment called "Nighty-Night, Toons", where everyone in the studio goes to bed. It has a [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] narrator, parodying children's books.[[Goodnight Moon]].

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->''Sleep thoughts are spreading throughout the whole land. The time for night-brushing of teeth is at hand.''
-->--''Literature/DrSeusssSleepBook''

We've all heard of a bedtime story, right? A story told at bedtime. Well, this trope is about stories that are ''about'' bedtime, although many stories ''about'' bedtime are bedtime stories, too.

Now, this doesn't mean stories where a character is already ''in'' bed and having trouble sleeping; that's InsomniaEpisode. It's also not about works that take place at night, or [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs any story that has a person get ready for bed.]] These are stories which are entirely about the bedtime routine.

A common variation on this plot is to have a young (about two through six or the equivalent age in their species's years if an animal) protagonist who is resistant about getting ready for bed, but inevitably ends up going to bed anyway, sometimes leading to AnAesop about sleep being important. Quite often they'll ask for more toys/stories/snacks/trips to the bathroom/drinks and will firmly be told "no".

Another variation is that the young protagonist doesn't mind going to bed but is fearful of [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight monsters or ghosts hiding under their bed or in the closet]]. Usually if this is the case, they'll learn that either monsters/ghosts don't exist, or that they do exist but are friendly and may even be scared of the protagonist!

Also common is the plot where a whole ''lot'' of people are going to sleep. Often, they'll say that everyone in the world is falling asleep, despite the fact that time zones exist and it's always daytime somewhere. They might have all the daytime animals falling asleep while all the nocturnal animals are waking up, but [[DiurnalNocturnalAnimal sometimes, they'll botch that up.]] Plots where lots of people are falling asleep tend to involve even the adults wanting childish things like a goodnight kiss.

Plots like these are often meant to be bedtime stories and some end with the phrase "Now it's time for you to go to bed too" or similar. Another common ending is for [[GoToSleepEnding the protagonist to fall asleep]] and the narrator to say, "Goodnight, so-and-so." Sometimes, they'll talk about how "even X needs to sleep" and if someone going to bed has a distinctive job/pastime, they might describe the character as being "tired from doing X all day".

If a story with this kind of plot is read by an InUniverse character, they'll often find it boring, or their audience will, or it will put the audience to sleep before the story finishes, or it will put the ''reader'' to sleep. May overlap with GettingTheBabyToSleep if it's at night, takes up the whole plot, and people use wacky methods.

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[[folder: Films -- Animation]]
* Lampooned in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', where Gru reluctantly reads the girls a bedtime story about three kittens going to bed (even though everybody knows cats don't have a fixed bedtime.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/Incredibles2'', Mr. Incredible tries to lull his baby son Jack-Jack to sleep by reading him a book called "Doozles are Dozing" about some wacky creatures falling asleep all over a crazy world.
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* In ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' book "The Bedtime Battle", Brother and Sister don't want to go to bed, but they're being put to bed anyway.
* Parodied in ''GoodnightDarthVader'', which is about everyone going to bed in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe and it's a story read by Darth Vader to a [[SpinOffBabies younger Luke and Leia]].
* In ''Literature/DrSeusssSleepBook'', everyone gets ready for bed.
* ''Even Superheroes Sleep'' is about various Creator/DCComics superheroes going to bed.
* ''GoodnightGorilla'' is about a zookeeper putting all his animals to bed.
* In ''Literature/GoodnightMoon'', a young bunny says goodnight to things and animals in his room before he goes to sleep.
* Played for laughs in ''Literature/GoTheFuckToSleep'' and its child-friendly counterpart ''Seriously, Just Go to Sleep''. It's about a frustrated man trying to get his little daughter to go to sleep and parodies the "world at bedtime" type of story.
* In the kids' book ''I Dare You Not to Yawn'', a boy teaches the readers to delay the bedtime routine by not yawning. He himself fails at his own plan, though.
* ''If Animals Kissed Goodnight'' portrays what various animal bedtimes would look like if all animals kissed their children goodnight.
* The ''Literature/ImNot'' book "I'm Not Sleepy" has Baby Owl getting ready for bed despite insisting that he isn't sleepy.
* ''Literature/LittlePrincess'':
** In "I Want a Bedtime Story", Princess wants a bedtime story, but only wants one from the King.
** In "I Want My Light On", the Princess is getting ready for bed but she's afraid there are ghosts in her room. [[spoiler: It turns out there are, but they're harmless.]]
* ''Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack'' is a picture book based on ''WesternAnimation/IncrediblesTwo'' and features the scene from the movie of Mr. Incredible reading the "Doozles are Dozing" book about creatures going to bed.
* The [[Literature/GoldenBooks Little Golden Book]] ''Time for Bed, Elmo'' based on ''Series/SesameStreet'' is set at Elmo's bedtime. He feeds his fish, strokes his cat, and asks for another story and a drink of water, which prevent him from falling asleep, until his babysitter has him count sheep.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MrBean'': One episode is about how Mr. Bean gets ready for bed. It ends with him [[CountingSheep trying to count the sheep in a picture]]. When he does, he falls asleep.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** One skit is about Elmo and Abby's bedtime routines.
** One animated skit is about moms tucking their kids in bed.
** The song "Goodnight, Natasha" is a lullaby sung to Natasha by Humphrey as he puts her to bed at night.
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[[folder: Music]]
* The ''Music/{{Voltaire}}'' song "Goodnight, Demon Slayer" is about a father trying to get his kid to not be afraid of demons at bedtime by claiming the kid is a demon slayer who can even kill the devil.
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[[folder: Poetry]]
* The poem "Bedtime" is about a little kid who wants to stay awake for five more minutes due to having many activities they want to do.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''My Bedtime'' is based on ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' and the aim of the game is to get Daniel ready for bed.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a segment called "Nighty-Night, Toons", where everyone in the studio goes to bed. It has a [[RhymesOnADime rhyming]] narrator, parodying children's books.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' episode "Bedtime Business" is set at bedtime and the mission is to find out what Blue's favorite part of bedtime is.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CharlieAndLola'' episode "I am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed" focuses on Charlie trying to get Lola ready for bed.
* ''WesternAnimation/PeppaPig'':
** In-universe, Peppa is read a story about a red monkey getting ready for bed. She finds the book boring, but then goes to the library and finds that there are more interesting books about the same red monkey.
** In-universe, Daddy Pig once tells a bedtime story called "The Sleepy Princess" about a royal family going to bed.
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