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

    ManlyBadassHero8 өдрийн өмнө

    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>

  2. Kill Me please

    Kill Me please11 цагийн өмнө

    wooden_sword5055 haha yea

  3. Kill Me please

    Kill Me please11 цагийн өмнө

    Zenigundam no one cares about this “uprising” it’s just stupid it’s probably a joke in which it’s not a good one


    HUNTER DISCIASCIO15 цагийн өмнө

    @Buttery Toaast NEVER

  5. Teen Player CS

    Teen Player CS20 цагийн өмнө

    Kat Mustang true sadly I have into it to through😥

  6. Teen Player CS

    Teen Player CS20 цагийн өмнө

    Ches Beta Yeah no thanks it’s like 4:00am right now and I am trying to get a somewhat decent dream tonight thanks 👍🏽

  7. Marky Darky

    Marky Darky5 цагийн өмнө

    Bangungot literally means nightmare in the Philippines

  8. Blimeycrow 22

    Blimeycrow 226 цагийн өмнө


  9. Apex _

    Apex _6 цагийн өмнө

    So, brain damage that can cause hallucinations, immediately thinking of temporal and occipital lobe/visual cortex for the visual and auditory hallucinations, but that's just a quick lazy explanation... Neurological and Psychology issues apparent, this guy may have nightmares that could form into forgotten memories, create monsters out of blank spots, like who or what hurt him to start this? it is actually really spot-on about sleeping though, most of the body's rejuvinative actions kick in when asleep, specifically neurological recovery. Now, it could be the Robert Sapolsky video I watched recently, but it is possible to die from a nightmare, stress and cortisol rushing into the body for a threat the body can't tell isn't real... MAKES IT REAL.

  10. Apex _

    Apex _6 цагийн өмнө

    Okay, 2nd gear. Looking at the gameplay, you monitor a STRESS meter, and stress is a key in this, then the sleep deprivation... There's a pattern, the hallucinations get worse the longer you don't sleep, and this is the pattern... *Subject gets first night terror, refuses to sleep, recurring nightmares strengthen this, then the deprivation kills.*

  11. Blimeycrow 22

    Blimeycrow 226 цагийн өмнө

    the second story is like a xxx

  12. James Slash 876

    James Slash 8767 цагийн өмнө

    This was played by CrankGamePlays

  13. SS99_ The_Emerald_Sky_Knight_32.5

    SS99_ The_Emerald_Sky_Knight_32.57 цагийн өмнө

    About the Coffey maker guy. I had a friends who’s brother died in his sleep a few years ago. I just heard about it as he was explaining his absence and I don’t think he wanted to speak more on it witch I understand, his older brother died in such a unorthodox way. He was 20 something I believe? thing is his brother didn’t have any medical condition(that I’m aware of that is)I found it odd at the time, but now...😬 Again I don’t know the details, but this made me think of it. Don’t @ me.

  14. That Caramel Otaku

    That Caramel Otaku7 цагийн өмнө

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="223">3:43</a> - <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="246">4:06</a> This kind of sounds like the game Catherine 😶

  15. Uke Time

    Uke Time8 цагийн өмнө

    Reminds me of the edge of sleep and the Russian sleep project

  16. Slinglasher

    Slinglasher8 цагийн өмнө

    K but I didn’t come to listen to old man stories about the Vietnam war dreams

  17. Will Hiegel

    Will Hiegel8 цагийн өмнө

    In the dream sequence (I don't know if you mention this) for a place all about keeping secrets there isn't any security! also why would they give an adult AB he seems like something for a kid, so is he a kid? I don't know if this can help, I mean I'm really late, but when you dream the part of your brain that makes common sense shuts off so stuff in your dream seems more real because because you don't relies things don't make sense! I'm pretty sure there was a form of torture were you were kept awake! Doesn't he wake up in the bed? Either he was just having amnesia and short term memory and when the game starts you are just starting to have your memory work again! or you have just woken up from a coma, so if that's right why are you having signs of sleep deprivation? Also if the doctor really just wanted him to sleep he would of given him medication or even put him in a medically induced coma because he knows the patent will be going through hallucinations, so I think the doctor might be working for the company you see in your dreams for some reason! Also back to the when you are dreaming you don't have common sense, at the beginning of the game the window breaks and then it is fixed, I feel like if you were hallucinating it would still be broken (not totally sure though) but if you were dreaming those continuity errors would occur, so I think there are 2 levels of dreams, when you beat the second part (the memory bit) you open your eyes and it's morning but then you CLOSE YOUR EYES! you go back to sleep, I think you are in some sort of a coma and periodically you are waking up for a few seconds, enough for you to see the room you are in and allowing your brain to recreate it as a dream! You falling asleep is you recovering your memory, but you don't want to remember so you create monsters that prevent you from remembering! None of this may be true and yes I know I am very late and Mat probably will not see this but sometimes when I get an idea out it just all spills out like mad! So yeah...

  18. DropN Dimes

    DropN Dimes8 цагийн өмнө

    Sleep paralysis

  19. Irondrone 82

    Irondrone 828 цагийн өмнө

    That song in the beginning was fire

  20. Dayna Allmon

    Dayna Allmon10 цагийн өмнө

    1987 this is a fnaf video

  21. kurama kyuubi

    kurama kyuubi10 цагийн өмнө

    is it me that when i heard the music in the beginning i thought of jeff the killer

  22. U.N. Owen

    U.N. Owen10 цагийн өмнө

    Dreams & nightmares have always fascinated me. I enjoy your theory videos & appreciate the amount of effort you put into your research. I'm an aspired writer who has a story idea relating to dreams. I'm not gonna go all into detail about that, but just wanted to say that some of the points you made in your video inspired more ideas for my story and opened up other facts I could do research on. So thanks for the content!

  23. UnknownCreature-006

    UnknownCreature-00611 цагийн өмнө

    Man, I kinda miss when Matpat kinda looked like a highschool freshman

  24. *Insert cool name Here*

    *Insert cool name Here*11 цагийн өмнө

    Maybe the doctor doesn’t want you to recover because then you may recover your memories and he did something to you? Or he did something and your the witness?

  25. Carts reeds

    Carts reeds11 цагийн өмнө

    A man died on 1987... ARE YOU KIDING ME

  26. Paraschiv Luca

    Paraschiv Luca11 цагийн өмнө

    How about the russian sleep experiment?

  27. Xtreme Team

    Xtreme Team12 цагийн өмнө

    LOVE that intro

  28. Rage

    Rage12 цагийн өмнө

    Ima stay awake up for 4 days so I can see stuff.


    V4 VENDETTA13 цагийн өмнө

    if you like that kind of stuff check out a movie called the machinist with Christian bale

  30. Jasmin Mangos

    Jasmin Mangos13 цагийн өмнө

    I've only slept 6 hours in two days and I'm literally so not okay now

  31. Kenji Tempest

    Kenji Tempest13 цагийн өмнө

    Anyone ever feel after waking up at 3am, look around, then go to sleep, then suddenly feel heat, then you hear sounds like fire and people screaming far away? No, just me? (No for real though, is it just me?)

  32. Theoretical Reality

    Theoretical Reality13 цагийн өмнө

    why not sleep in daytime

  33. Melani Cruz

    Melani Cruz13 цагийн өмнө

    Do Animal Crossing!

  34. Connor Ellis

    Connor Ellis14 цагийн өмнө

    I think may pay should do a live stream of when he fails in this game he has to switch over to fiv e nights at Freddie’s and then switch back over when he fails in that game it will include a ton of jumpscares and he might not be able to go to sleep at night

  35. AREA#001

    AREA#00114 цагийн өмнө

    is there a possible chance the Russian sleep experiment is possible? not by Russia or military, but just possible.

  36. Leighton Dunn

    Leighton Dunn14 цагийн өмнө

    This reminds me of DHMIS

  37. crystal

    crystal14 цагийн өмнө

    Bang ngu ngot The ng is pronounced as the ng of bang

  38. Rose Lydia Page

    Rose Lydia Page15 цагийн өмнө

    David Mitchell anyone?

  39. Jero Martinez

    Jero Martinez15 цагийн өмнө

    Most older filipino explains dying while asleep is caused by "bangungut"

  40. Marquisee Mthembuu

    Marquisee Mthembuu15 цагийн өмнө


  41. Alvin Brato

    Alvin Brato15 цагийн өмнө

    Scary game: Panic It’s only a game: Calm Sleep deprivation exist: Panic

  42. Psychic Sandshrew

    Psychic Sandshrew16 цагийн өмнө

    "April, 1987" BITE OF EIG

  43. Ava's World

    Ava's World16 цагийн өмнө

    Just the fricking song scared me

  44. Danny Souza

    Danny Souza16 цагийн өмнө

    I actually lost my last job due to sleep depravation, even though I didn't know it at the time. I wasn't in a good mental state and I would stay up for a week between work and college. Red Bull and iced coffee were the only thing I'd consume. Until I started to lose it.

  45. Yuvia Hernandez

    Yuvia Hernandez16 цагийн өмнө

    So I watched this and I fell asleep right after it was done. Who else did this or was it just me? 😅😅😅😅😅

  46. Kaleb Mitchell

    Kaleb Mitchell16 цагийн өмнө

    Not the brightest of ideas to watch this while in bed...

  47. amiral 779

    amiral 77917 цагийн өмнө

    Not Tom nook please not him he's coming to end us

  48. Cheryl Robishaw

    Cheryl Robishaw17 цагийн өмнө

    Stop it’s <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="338">5:38</a> in the morning and I haven’t slept for 36 hours

  49. Electric Animations

    Electric Animations17 цагийн өмнө

    Peter Tripp be trippin bro

  50. Spring Day

    Spring Day17 цагийн өмнө

    Great, Great, Great. I’m watching this at 3 AM, why do I torture myself

  51. Natsu Gr101

    Natsu Gr10119 цагийн өмнө

    "He's coming inside" Me: ... The dirty mind kicks in Me: internal screaming

  52. X_Keels 05

    X_Keels 0519 цагийн өмнө

    Yo i live in perth!!!! <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="617">10:17</a>

  53. ShadowKnight Soul

    ShadowKnight Soul20 цагийн өмнө

    this is really weird to me because in school quite a few times i went 3 days without sleep, after that whatever i needed to stay awake for passed and I could sleep. I have ADHD, and its really weird because I've noticed this cycle where i have normal everyday energy and get tired, but if i dont fall asleep right then, or have to move to a different surface to sleep, my ADHD kicks in and i get super energized, so going multiple days without sleep didnt really leave me feeling exhausted and about to pass out. This makes me glad i never hit that 4th day though.

  54. Pinxue Li

    Pinxue Li20 цагийн өмнө

    I'm going to disagree on the sleep does not recover brain damage point. It is quite well known in the medical community that sleep is good for recovering brain damage. A quick google search will yield a small 30 patient observation study. Can you argue that the sleep didn't cause the recovery? Probably, but it seems odd that a very specific paper that focused on concluding if brain damaged caused sleep deprivation was chosen rather than all the other papers that (tentatively) conclude otherwise.

  55. J S

    J S20 цагийн өмнө

    I think people didn’t know this was about the game hence no ones superstitious a watched this

  56. Hotspur Gamefarm

    Hotspur Gamefarm20 цагийн өмнө

    Nightmares: *exist* Me who has no dreams: nope.

  57. This Is Me

    This Is Me20 цагийн өмнө

    The hallucination reminds me of narcolepsy with cataplexy. When trying to fall asleep you can’t move at all and all kinds hallucinations

  58. spring trap

    spring trap21 цагийн өмнө

    Wait when did Matt get a beard???

  59. EB Schane

    EB Schane21 цагийн өмнө

    I can't die In my dreams because I don't dream

  60. Marvel Widjaya

    Marvel Widjaya21 цагийн өмнө

    Is it just me or every 2 comments i scroll down theres a comment going " Me a filipino: BaNgUgUt IsNT PrOnOUnCeD ThAT WaY"

  61. Kaden May

    Kaden May21 цагийн өмнө

    Well there goes sleep tonight

  62. Scott

    Scott21 цагийн өмнө

    Sleep paralysis is a very tough thing to suffer from. I've had some seriously messed up experiences both whilst falling asleep and waking. Luckily, for the most part, the hallucinations i get from chronic insomnia are usually elephants and cats off in the corners.

  63. XzTS

    XzTS21 цагийн өмнө

    Waking up to Tom Nook is the real nighmare.

  64. Marleencharan Charan

    Marleencharan Charan22 цагийн өмнө

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="52">0:52</a> does that mean i tell you about it?

  65. Lin Lids

    Lin Lids22 цагийн өмнө

    You don’t have to say the “H” in Hmong

  66. Mr. Hitman

    Mr. Hitman22 цагийн өмнө

    I just started crying from laughing becuse I thought matpat was a lego person in the intro

  67. Carlos De La Cruz

    Carlos De La Cruz23 цагийн өмнө

    I sure am glad I watched this before going to sleep!

  68. botanbutton

    botanbuttonӨдрийн өмнө

    Yay, I'm glad the hoodie is correct!

  69. ShauntSerelu

    ShauntSereluӨдрийн өмнө

    Hey guess who's watching this right before bedtime that's it it's me: your local insomniac with anxiety and paranoia problems I hate myself

  70. Carlos De La Cruz

    Carlos De La Cruz22 цагийн өмнө

    ShauntSerelu hey dude you dropped a period and a comma

  71. C Arson x 2008

    C Arson x 2008Өдрийн өмнө

    Can you play happy music

  72. Angenimatic Bits

    Angenimatic BitsӨдрийн өмнө

    Matpat: Bayng-ngu-ngut Filipinos: Who called us?

  73. skizz games

    skizz gamesӨдрийн өмнө

    Good thing I'm an insomniac

  74. Dr. Dooper

    Dr. DooperӨдрийн өмнө

    @TheGameTheorists respond to this if you want a VR version of this game lmao

  75. Jenna Nicole

    Jenna NicoleӨдрийн өмнө

    Why did I decide to watch this right before I’m about to go to bed :/

  76. Dante Reynolds

    Dante ReynoldsӨдрийн өмнө

    Thats why the US has so many caronavirus cases and deaths what they did in the past has come back to haunt them Edit:What Pat says is true i have exp lose of memory, seeing shandow,hearing things, and it is getting harder to sleep as well

  77. sdiri aziz

    sdiri azizӨдрийн өмнө

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="669">11:09</a> well there is a rare disorder called fatal insomnia It results in death within a few months to a few years edit : oh he talked about it

  78. Michael Reis

    Michael ReisӨдрийн өмнө

    Wasnt this a house md episode???

  79. Duncan Hammond

    Duncan HammondӨдрийн өмнө

    Jacob's Ladder. Game grumps was talking about this movie and it sounds a lot like the lore you address in this video.

  80. DocMuffin 3513

    DocMuffin 3513Өдрийн өмнө

    I’m going to play that into every time I’m want to sleep <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1">0:01</a>

  81. Random Kid

    Random KidӨдрийн өмнө

    I hate it when people sleep with their jeans I can't even wear jean for 5 min. do anyone sleep with their jean? sorry I just hate jeans

  82. Drifter

    DrifterӨдрийн өмнө

    I thought like no one knew about superhorrorbro except me lol

  83. James Ner

    James NerӨдрийн өмнө

    Bangungut means nightmare

  84. Rica Marsh

    Rica MarshӨдрийн өмнө

    I'm getting Nightmare on Elm Street vibes

  85. Jordan Kelly

    Jordan KellyӨдрийн өмнө

    Anyone else realise that jack septic eye literally played this game after he recommended this

  86. Chris Greg

    Chris GregӨдрийн өмнө


  87. 1000 subscribers Without a video challenge

    1000 subscribers Without a video challengeӨдрийн өмнө

    You know what this isn’t going to be the last thing I watch before I sleep 😂