Why do little kids need bedtime routines?

We all need routine. In general baby sleep is not what we want to ascribe to. Kids thrive on routine but so so adults. Kids need to be taught sleep routines and habits or in a 24 hour societ like we have developed, sleep deprivation happens too easily. Kids have a harder time "winding down" than adults and that is where the routine fits in for children. It provides unchanging sequence that leads them to bed.