My bf used to be more of a sleep dictator than he is now. Heís one of those "we should go to bed at the same time kinds of people", so we usually do, as he doesnít want to go to bed without me. He is fine with my reading or using my laptop in bed for the hour or so that it takes before Iím also ready to go to bed (although it took a while to get him to that point, too).
I think I finally got it through to him that itís completely his preference that we do that, not mine, when a few weeks ago I was really tired and just went to bed on my own. In the morning he seemed completely befuddled, but hasn't bothered me about turning in at the exact same time since.
Our dog, however, has his schedule and is serious about itósometimes more than others. He thinks it is time to start getting into bed by 10pm, and lights off by 11. One night, he started barking at me, but wouldnít lay down like he does when he needs to go out. I finally put down the iPad to get up and take him out anyhow, and as soon as the light went out, he went back to his spot on the bed, laid down, and went to sleep. If we are in the den watching tv and computing much past 10, heíll start barking at us to tell us it is time to go to bed, and when we ignore him, heíll pull the most dramatic flop and sigh onto the nearest comfy spot.
He also insists on going out around 7:30 in the morning, but 98% of the time is willing to wait for my SO to shower and dress for work (which coincides with that time). Then, the dog is content to come back to bed and sleep until I get up for work an hour or more later (and sometimes isnít really happy that he has to leave the nice comfy pre-warmed bed for his kennel. The fact that there is kibble involved in between is surely the only reason he deigns to behave). He pretty much does the same thing on weekends, since my SO and I are about two hours off, time-wiseóhe rarely stays up with my SO in the mornings.
Unfortunately, there are a few weekday mornings here and there that his schedule changes and he does not want to go back to bed, and thus Iím not allowed to either since SO has already left for the day.