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


    1. ManlyBadassHero

      Oh hey it's me at the far back, and Mark is caressing my face for some reason, what. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="89">1:29</a>

      1. some idiot

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

      2. a. m.

        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^^’

      3. funnyflowerkids

        Zenigundam are you drunk right now?

      4. Exu

        @Zenigundam k incel

      5. Nobo_thegreat’s YouTube channel

        ManlyBadassHero lel

    2. Razzale

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="338">5:38</a> its sleep paralysis

    3. Shadow woods

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

    4. ezen chuo

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

    5. MLG M4R1U2

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

    6. Fulgur Killua 00

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

    7. Mizan 420

      Can sleep cure my depression?

    8. noohin seifi

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

    9. timelessninja

      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.

      1. timelessninja

        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.

    10. Tamir Turner-Bey

      isn't <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="290">4:50</a> the plot of Before I Wake?

    11. Tengens Gf

      He forgot coryxkhenshin but that's okay-

    12. Tyler

      im just happy you know who John Wolfe is

    13. Caden Wininger

      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.

    14. Ece Atalay

      As if I needed any other reason to avoid sleep

    15. *Mewtwo Chan*

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

    16. Bitch Aholic

      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.

    17. Knarly Wisard69

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

    18. Ellie Sparks

      Song creepy! That is all!

    19. Disabled Wagon

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="670">11:10</a> what about the Russian sleep experiment

    20. Rotten Egg

      One of the monsters lookslike killer queen

    21. Joshua Bissah

      Spinarak on the table was great

    22. Ledet Brothers

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

    23. Jennifer Klein

      What if the doctor is a hallucination?

    24. Reactz-MC

      Mark Did play try to fall asleep

    25. wither guns

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

    26. our hope

      why am i scared but still gonna stay up until <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="330">5:30</a> AM

    27. laamb

      nobody: that one kids mic in the Xbox party chat: <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="21">0:21</a>

    28. Natalie Adams

      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”.

    29. Micah Beckner

      This is fun to watch at night

    30. Forever Single

      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!

    31. Cierra DeCoste

      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

    32. Triassic Gaming

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

    33. nunya nunyabiz

      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.

    34. luvly emilyn


    35. Gennaro Cardaropoli

      So is this real ?

    36. Triassic Gaming

      The second story sounds like sleep paralysis my guy

    37. MS Band Nerds

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

    38. Sawyer Wanta

      try to fall asleep i can barely fall asleep.

    39. Hugo Svenborn Söderberg

      Play super fnaf on gtlive pls

    40. ZockerSWAT

      Mat looks like a german rapper

    41. Żołnierz CI

      Anyone has more info on the story at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="323">5:23</a>? My brother had very similar experience and i would like to know more about it, what could cause it, he believed that it was a demon or something, so our local priest helped him, but he still has similar experiences to this day. I want to know if there is any rational explenation for this

    42. Dion Joaquin Sayas

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="325">5:25</a> So he has a cat

    43. I love Rock'n'Roll

      Russian sleep experiment anyone?

    44. My point is Invalid but

      Matpat making a scary intro: "He's already inside..." Me: heh that's what she said.

    45. The Virus

      Why is it only men ?? Why is it not effective to women??

    46. xMark29x PH

      You mentioned bangungut wrong... but actually it's a filipino word which means nightmare😊

    47. ginklas lt

      are these real??????????????????????????

    48. ginklas lt

      the second story looks like a sleep paralisis demon

    49. Joshua Alvarez

      It <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="251">4:11</a>

    50. Joshua Alvarez

      Well i can't sleep now

    51. Julian Jose

      Im already asleep

    52. erica

      Imagine MatPat singing the song at the start to Ollie?

    53. KhyMody

      it sounds like sleep paralysis but deadly

    54. Rey Hee

      "bangungut" Buddy you read that wrong

    55. Carlyn Gallardo

      Jack has now played it and 8bit rayan did it about a year ago

    56. Exalted Finalist

      *morgana has know shown this video to joker*


      the guy with his coffee machine is real

    58. B. RAID

      I slept during this video. yey

    59. Cleon Plays Games

      This reminds me of my lucid dream I was "sleeping" and I woke up in my lucid dream My little brother was also sleeping until suddenly when I was still trying to sleep he opened the door and walked out of the room I pulled him back to the bedroom and going back to sleep Then a few minutes later I for no apparent reason looks through the key hole I saw Withered Bonnie/Ballonboy's Eyes I shoked in fear and screamed Suddenly Springtrap busted open our bedroom door But then (some freakin god-like power) my dad used something to make him unconciouss we ran to the bathroom because nearly all the animatronics were in our house So we were in the bathroom Mangle's head peep above the bath tub and boom story ended I was very in FNAF and watching alot of it including DanTDM,Markiplier,Game Theory and much more So I got a horrifying lucid dream That's all I gotta say for this comment Yeet

    60. Mariam Guendouz

      did he say "1987"

    61. Mikayla K.

      During my high school years, I would stay awake for 3 days at a time whenever I was under a lot of stress, but I could never manage 4 days; I always fell asleep before that happened. I didn't know hallucinations started at 4 days, but maybe that's why my brain kept me from staying up, for my sanity...


      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="237">3:57</a> im a filipino so i can explain this. bangungot is like a nightmare and sometimes its all about bad spirits it can happen to you if you mess around with someone you should not mess with like a... haunted mirror in a haunted house and it will give you nightmares and maybe every night...but thats just a theory A DREAM THEORY hahahahaha jk

    63. Rabea Innes

      Well, I’m not going to sleep!😟 😂

    64. kayla razon

      ** please make a cooking mama cookstar video

    65. Sean Kineder

      Ever heard of the Russian sleep experiments? An experiment made by the Soviet Union during WW2 where they released a gas that wouldn't let the people sleep. After about 2-3 weeks the victims started going insane and killing each other due to paranoia

    66. ChurchTFGplayz

      What if they have a Lucid dream

    67. Fabri Dimonaco

      As a person with night terrors and who had suffer of sleeping parálisis this game looks amazing. Al thou i saw a documentary in Netflix called explained and there is an episode about lucid dream and how you cant not die in dreams it, how is you jump of a building someone still dies but not you and how there are safe mechanisms. Very very interesting if anyone feels like checking it out. You won’t be disappointed is very interesting 🧐

    68. Steve Hillman

      Please get matpat to see this My mini therory: Hey mat. What i'm about to say is probaly really stupid but this my therory. What if you, john harron and doctor nordbird actually like you know knocked john out then some how when john is recovoring nordbird somehow implants fake memories that feel and look so real that they actually might be his. I got this mini therory when you said something like along the lines of the noid and toster boy might not be what they seem and i just thougt that what if so yeah i mean well you're show is like well therory making but it could be therory creation and how i and others can add on our own therorys so thanks mat for getting our minds full of theroys

    69. Arismendy Escano

      I don't sleep much normally and now I watch this

    70. Pyts Gaming

      How about the Russian sleep experiment thing?

    71. Christopher Ruby

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="922">15:22</a> Why is matpat incudeing the robot? I mean the docter is the one who programed it the little guy is not part of it

    72. eunbyul kim

      my grandparents escaped the cambodian genocide and my grandmother still has nightmares about it. i share a room and a bed with her and, every few nights, she'd make these cries of fear in her sleep and it genuinely terrifies me because of things like this. i always woke up to hug her, no matter what time of night it is.

    73. Cherry Dragon

      may sound weird. but for me the most sleepless days was 2 days without sleep. and my god i can tell out of personal experiece. things start sometimes to look like you're drunk. like things wobble around, sometimes my sight goes blurry or just straight up seeing slight movements in the corners of my eyes. its weird and i really didnt like that. so uhm... get your sleep people!!!

    74. Franklin Thibault

      Alright but what about this: Maybe the doctor is a hallucination himself. Maybe that's the embodiment of the character telling himself "I just need some sleep"

    75. Seagull Man

      Gtheory:This might be the first channel to play the new version of the game Me: *Cries in small channel*

    76. StrawberryCreamPocky

      but that singing voice is on point!

    77. Media Ultra

      The boy you’re referring to had no relation to the refugees

    78. Ghostiie Beans


    79. Sunflower_Love_

      I haven’t played this game, but it’s my fav theory out of all of matpat’s. I love neurology and science. Thanks for this ep mat!!

    80. Graham Miller

      Tip: dont watch this video