Game Theory: Death by NIGHTMARE! (Try To Fall Asleep)

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Try To Fall Asleep is an indie horror game that has taken my Theorist brain by storm. Since playing it, I HAD to do a theory. The story revolves around our player character, a man tormented by hallucinations while awake AND asleep. We have to try to fall asleep for our own good, or so our Doctor says. I am going to piece together all of the puzzle pieces of our time awake and dreaming to figure out what is going on at the CENTER of this awesome horror game. Let's go!
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Writers: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
Editors: Forrest Lee, Tyler Mascola, Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
Sound Editor: Yosi Berman

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  • ManlyBadassHero


    14 dögum síðan

    Oh hey it's me at the far back, and Mark is caressing my face for some reason, what. 1:29

    • Otaku Gurl 4 Lyfe

      Otaku Gurl 4 Lyfe

      7 klukkustundum síðan


    • some idiot

      some idiot

      Degi Síðan síðan

      Let me guess you guys don't get the joke eh?

    • a. m.

      a. m.

      2 dögum síðan

      Zenigundam you okay bruv? you might wanna go back on your meds, do some research or something (the “alpha/omega” wolf system isn’t real), and spend some time doing something productive instead of lurking on youtube and speaking incel speak. genuinely hope you’re a troll^^’

    • funnyflowerkids


      2 dögum síðan

      Zenigundam are you drunk right now?

    • Exu


      5 dögum síðan

      @Zenigundam k incel

  • Firesque_


    12 mínútum síðan

    So is this where the “if you die in your dreams, you die in real life.” Old wives tale comes from?

  • Donam


    3 klukkustundum síðan

    Well... It could be called "Sleep paralyze" isn't?

  • Stream Kpop

    Stream Kpop

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    Try to fall asleep is me during quarantine at 10pm not 4am

  • rancyd


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    me, watching this at 3 am with insomnia and normally experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations: 😳

  • BanZai - Kun

    BanZai - Kun

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    its Ba/Ngu/ngut - it means nightmare or a bad dream.

  • gian ds

    gian ds

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Bangungot is something I have felt as a child. My parents have told me that I used to sleep walk a lot as a child. And then the next couple of days I would wake up and ask them, you couldn't hear me scream last night? I couldn't move, and they would say no, you were dead silent.

  • Vicky Primal

    Vicky Primal

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Maybe you're just so stressed that your brain processes your dreams as reality so when you encounter a life/death situation your brain follows a placebo effect and stops your heart (unintentionally) because it believes you just got injured in reality and tries to carry out its survival programming without needing to do so. This causes death because your body is overexerting itself to repair something that wasn't there in the first place.

  • Jeshurun Lumasag

    Jeshurun Lumasag

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Bruhhhh.... why am i watching this at night...

  • Prince ryan

    Prince ryan

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    I have terrible sleep paralysis and from time to time I can't breathe during it.

  • Nathan 1

    Nathan 1

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    I can not sleep now

  • M P

    M P

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    so i had trouble sleeping a long time ago then? when i saw about four shadow ppl, apparently knowing who they are despite being shadows even when there’s one of my sister sitting on my sisters bed while she’s sleeping, and being calm about it even going back to sleep next to one lying next to me .mom?

  • Fortnite Kid

    Fortnite Kid

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    After watching this I’m trying to fall asleep 👹

  • nightpenguin is a kool kid

    nightpenguin is a kool kid

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    I had one one of those nightmares where I got heavy and couldn't scream for head

  • Matthew Moua

    Matthew Moua

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Hmong people made it on the show lol

  • blah blah blah

    blah blah blah

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    A late uncle of mine died in this manner. Rip uncle.

  • SarJ Moja

    SarJ Moja

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Thing that still happens a lot.. but yanno, the elders in my country always says that a 'guy' should not eat too much at night cause if he does, he'll get nightmares that may cause death.

  • insane


    11 klukkustundum síðan

    I go for two days without sleep regularly, the longest was four days on the dot. I'm fourteen and my phone is the problem according to my parents. but without my phone I still can't sleep, that's why I'm on my phone. my "dreams" are all nightmares. like horrific waking up, falling out of bed gasping and sometimes screaming bad. no one believes me. does anyone do the same?? I feel like I'm losing my mind over the fact that no one else does the same and I'm on my own.

  • Garlic Aioli

    Garlic Aioli

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Okay, but why is no one talking about the amazing singing at the start?

  • Matthew


    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Well there goes my sleep tonight

  • Crokobos


    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Hello Game Theor, welcome to speling school!

  • EBerkeU utuğlu

    EBerkeU utuğlu

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    is A.B's actor Brian?

  • Ray Gun

    Ray Gun

    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Isn't this the name of a goosbumps book

  • bruh that’s a mood

    bruh that’s a mood

    18 klukkustundum síðan


  • jo20051


    19 klukkustundum síðan

    1:29 where is pewdiepie he deserves to be there



    19 klukkustundum síðan

    At 9:39, sometimes when I quickly wake up I see spiders on my bedsheets. That really got me!

  • mirillian


    19 klukkustundum síðan

    oh god oh _god_ tom please tom i just need time _tom please_ *_TOM NO-_*

  • diamond dolphin101

    diamond dolphin101

    21 klukkustund síðan

    The fact that this a real thing and that I am a 32 year old man turning 33 this month is unnerving. I couldn’t sleep last night and went to bed at 4 when the sun started to come up.

  • no no

    no no

    21 klukkustund síðan

    so sleep paralysis???

  • Roslee Hm

    Roslee Hm

    21 klukkustund síðan

    I'm a 10 yr old and I stay up all night for no reason when I force my self to sleep I can't

  • Kitty Pie

    Kitty Pie

    21 klukkustund síðan

    Ima Lucide dreamer
    One time I had a night mare and a guy was trying to slap me, I cryed but then I thought: WAiT IM IN A DREAM! I used all my force and slapped him back. I almost woke up but he grabbed me by the feet. But I kicked him and I woke up.

  • Tabitha Schultz

    Tabitha Schultz

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    Good God, what video games has taught me is that 1987 was a B A D Y E A R

  • Nina ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

    Nina ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

    23 klukkustundum síðan


  • wolfie snoopdoggg

    wolfie snoopdoggg

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    This is scary because I'm watching this a night

  • Diana Gabriela Cordero Saucedo

    Diana Gabriela Cordero Saucedo

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Maybe the game is about being a lab rat and the doctor might be studying the affects of this

  • Equilibrium


    Degi Síðan síðan

    If you get a bangungot you need to do your best to wake up immediatly

  • baka neko-chan

    baka neko-chan

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Freshman year of college, I scheduled myself for 100 hour weeks between work and school. The 100 hour week did not include time to do homework, eat, sleep, spend time with my now fiance, my family, my friends and exercise. My first class always started at 8am, I always got up at five thirty am and ran three miles before class started in order to help keep me awake.
    I slept maybe four hours every few days. Maybe. I started hallucinating within my first few weeks of school, the main things I saw were shadow people just in the environment, usually coming close, staring at me and then running away whenever I approach. I also frequently saw my childhood nanny dog just out of the corner of my eye, but she was gone as soon as I turned to look at her. I frequently mistook strangers for people I knew, it wasn't until I would hear their voice to be able to identify the person. Only dark colored walls pulsed. Light colored environments would usually constantly fade in and out of focus. As far as auditory hallucinations I mainly heard my name, my loved ones yelling something I couldn't understand, my dog yelling (I have a husky) and the phrases "come here!" And "where are you?" By the end of the school year I had been hospitalized twice, both for different medical issues. I was forced to take a break from school after my family found out I was self harming to stay awake and my now fiance having to stop me from jumping off the math and science building.
    I'm better now. Done with school and I get my first class of kindergartners next semester. I always warn others about the danger of pushing yourself too hard in school. Sorry for the long comment, thought MatPat might find my experience interesting.

  • Dino Big Boii

    Dino Big Boii

    Degi Síðan síðan

    At 12:17 when he stated all the symptoms.... I had experienced all of them and then he said, death. And I am only 12. Should I be scared?

  • David Zhang

    David Zhang

    Degi Síðan síðan

    But when u fall asleep ur brain actually is very busy making dreams and it’s not resting at all soooooo

  • Furno Prime

    Furno Prime

    Degi Síðan síðan

    15:25 The Doctor here looks like he's straight out of Roblox

  • Sonia


    Degi Síðan síðan

    My name is Yoshikage Kira. I’m 33 years old.

  • Mangle girl

    Mangle girl

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I don’t see what the big problem is with dying in dreams, I have actually died in a dream before without waking up, I think it might have actually happened more than once

  • Kakizoreo


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Anyone know that the name of that song used at 2:15 it's kinda catchy

  • Mangle girl

    Mangle girl

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I’ve been trying to fall asleep for the last 10 hours to no avail

  • Razzale


    Degi Síðan síðan

    5:38 its sleep paralysis

  • Shadow woods

    Shadow woods

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Me: * Sees tom nook *
    Also me: * grabs le cross * begone demon

  • ezen chuo

    ezen chuo

    Degi Síðan síðan

    8-bitryan did a play through already if I’m not mistaken but yeah a reminder is still so cool😂

  • MLG M4R1U2

    MLG M4R1U2

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Studies: “not sleeping is indeed fatal so please sleep 8 hours every day to Stay healthy”
    Schools: “1 take it or leave it”

  • Fulgur Killua 00

    Fulgur Killua 00

    Degi Síðan síðan

    wait why does this seem like its one of our Filipino scary story things?

  • Mizan 420

    Mizan 420

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Can sleep cure my depression?

  • noohin seifi

    noohin seifi

    Degi Síðan síðan

    That happenes to me many times but I'm 15 instead of being 33.

  • timelessninja


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Yeah, that account where the guy couldn't move and he saw dark shape attack him, that's totally sleep paralysis. It happens to me like once a week. It's always some threatening presence, but it's generally different from one episode to the next. Sometimes I'll be the same for a few nights in a row, but it like's to mix things up to keep me on my toes. Totally terrifying, but from what I can tell, non life threatening.

    • timelessninja


      Degi Síðan síðan

      When it first started happening to me it was right after we had moved into a new house as a kid. There was a spooky old shack on the property that you couldn't access cuz a tree had completely grown in front of it, sealing the door shut, and there was only one tiny slit of a window. From what we could tell it was very very old and would always give me the creeps. I started having sleep paralisis episodes where a guy who looked kind of like a mountain man/fur trapper would walk into my room, through the door. He had a bloody axe. He'd walk up to me with a grin on his face and swing it and my neck. The axe would move right through me and he'd looks surprised, then upset. He'd then turn and walk through the wall in the direction of the shack. Totally thought it was a ghost and my house was haunted. It happened every few nights for a month and I was terrified. I always felt really uncomfortable in the house when I was alone. Then I learned about sleep paralysis and realized that's totally what it was. It was then that the creature started changing it up.

  • Tamir Turner-Bey

    Tamir Turner-Bey

    Degi Síðan síðan

    isn't 4:50 the plot of Before I Wake?

  • Tengens Gf

    Tengens Gf

    Degi Síðan síðan

    He forgot coryxkhenshin but that's okay-

  • Tyler


    Degi Síðan síðan

    im just happy you know who John Wolfe is

  • Caden Wininger

    Caden Wininger

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Mat, I prefer watching youtube when no one is up to interrupt me. But I have stayed up so long that I was starting getting the sleepy paranoia. And then I made the slight mistake of clicking on this and having my light off. I nearly crapped my pants at the beginning man. I might NOT go to sleep.

  • Ece Atalay

    Ece Atalay

    Degi Síðan síðan

    As if I needed any other reason to avoid sleep

  • *Mewtwo Chan*

    *Mewtwo Chan*

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I Shouldn't Have Watched This Before Bed...........................

  • Bitch Aholic

    Bitch Aholic

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I know its not completely related but as a kid I would go into a sort of coma when I would reach the REM state of sleep. You could slap, yell or shake me but nothing would make me wake up. Doctors were baffled/they didnt know what it was and their recommendation was waking me up before getting to thay stage. I did not remeber this until my mom told me. I have no clue what it could have been but Its interesting. Its the total opposite of try to sleep.

  • Knarly Wisard69

    Knarly Wisard69

    Degi Síðan síðan

    nobody; high school students
    edit: i've only stayed awake for 2 days and i have experienced all of these symptoms

  • Ellie Sparks

    Ellie Sparks

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Song creepy!
    That is all!

  • Rotten Egg

    Rotten Egg

    Degi Síðan síðan

    One of the monsters lookslike killer queen

  • Joshua Bissah

    Joshua Bissah

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Spinarak on the table was great

  • Ledet Brothers

    Ledet Brothers

    Degi Síðan síðan

    If this kind of “nightmare death” was in Steven Universe, Steven would be dead in season 3 at least

  • Jennifer Klein

    Jennifer Klein

    Degi Síðan síðan

    What if the doctor is a hallucination?

  • Reactz-MC


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Mark Did play try to fall asleep

  • wither guns

    wither guns

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I finally learned how to do it!!! Yes!!!

  • our hope

    our hope

    Degi Síðan síðan

    why am i scared but still gonna stay up until 5:30 AM

  • laamb


    Degi Síðan síðan

    that one kids mic in the Xbox party chat: 0:21

  • Natalie Adams

    Natalie Adams

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Now it makes sense how Crying Child(just gonna use that name instead of Chris Or Micheal,Or even Bryan)Died by the nightmare “Animatronics”.

  • Micah Beckner

    Micah Beckner

    Degi Síðan síðan

    This is fun to watch at night

  • Forever Single

    Forever Single

    Degi Síðan síðan

    My friends - haha i haven't slept in 3 days, if you sleep you're weak
    me- lab rats have been tested by being deprived of sleep and they all died in 32 days, scientists didn't know why, they just died. So I hope you enjoy dying in 4 weeks!

  • Cierra DeCoste

    Cierra DeCoste

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Would it be possible that maybe the doctor himself is an auditory hallucination who the main character possibly later perceives to be in control of all other hallucinations? Or maybe the doctor is conducting his own experiment on people with brain damage. I don’t really know. Just some thoughts I guess

  • Triassic Gaming

    Triassic Gaming

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Also for the rats: it's probably brain damage and stress. Rats generally dont show signs of stress

  • nunya nunyabiz

    nunya nunyabiz

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Huh the shapeless shadow makes sense because now everyone sees the "sleep paralysis demon" as a man with a hat. so yeah the article inspired wes craven, he makes Freddy and people now see Freddy Krueger.

  • luvly emilyn

    luvly emilyn

    Degi Síðan síðan


  • Gennaro Cardaropoli

    Gennaro Cardaropoli

    Degi Síðan síðan

    So is this real ?

  • Triassic Gaming

    Triassic Gaming

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The second story sounds like sleep paralysis my guy

  • MS Band Nerds

    MS Band Nerds

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I don’t get chills that often but the intro gave me chills

  • Sawyer Wanta

    Sawyer Wanta

    Degi Síðan síðan

    try to fall asleep i can barely fall asleep.