The majority of the play's action takes place by night, deep in the darkness of the forest. Puck and Oberon use the night as a cover for the tricks they play upon the mortals and Titania. Throughout the play, reference is made to sleep. The fairies sing lullabies to Titania and Bottom in their fairy bower; Puck leads the lovers through the forest until sleep overcomes them.
As day dawns, the audience see a restoration of order, as enchantments are removed, couples are restored, until the night's events seem just a distant dream.