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    Default I'm looking for a noun.

    How do you call a person go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning?
    Is there any word or idiom which describes that kind of person?
    I guess 'an early riser' is not the word, because an early riser doesn't necessarily keep regular hours... Thank you.

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a noun.

    You could say something like 'you could set your clock by him'.

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a noun.

    Maybe also a pedantic person.

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a noun.

    A creature of habit

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a noun.

    There is the expression "He kept regular hours", but this doesn'y apply exclusively to sleep patterns: He might catch the 07.25 every morning, and come home on the 17.53 - 'as regular as clockwork'.

    If you want a noun, you could call him an automaton or a metronome.

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a noun.

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Maybe also a pedantic person.
    I wouldn't use "pedantic" for this use.

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a noun.

    Quote Originally Posted by peppy_man View Post
    How do you call a person go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning?
    Is there any word or idiom which describes that kind of person?
    I guess 'an early riser' is not the word, because an early riser doesn't necessarily keep regular hours... Thank you.
    I think "creature of habit" is great. You could also say:

    regimented person

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