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




  • 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>

    ManlyBadassHeroManlyBadassHeroPred 4 dnevi
    • Zenigundam you at not a alpha you are a gamma

      Thebeastnine 4Thebeastnine 4Pred 11 urami
    • Mark does that to jack to I’m surprised jack didn’t get jealous

      Drake the foxDrake the foxPred 12 urami
    • Zenigundam You sound like someone who still gets breastfed

      Chauncey BuelaChauncey BuelaPred 16 urami
    • They died by brain damage for not sleeping

      alex diasalex diasPred 19 urami
    • E

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  • The brain needs time to rest for the conscious functions to work well , if it dose not rest it will need to shut down by dying or just blacking out

    NitroGamer BrNitroGamer BrPred 9 urami
  • Fuzion z gamer

    Nukular fuzionNukular fuzionPred 9 urami
  • Getting the idea that the doctor uses his own methodology of "curing" the protagonist, this gives me the idea that the doctor himself might be one of the culprits that gave the protagonist trauma, and uses his "trusty" assistant to help him suffer more until he dies of sleep deprivation. Just a theoretical idea i had after watching this video where before the end the doctor only recommends the player to sleep in order to recover

    Jean Maverick LopezJean Maverick LopezPred 9 urami
  • He's my sleep paralysis demon

    Your worst nightmareYour worst nightmarePred 9 urami
  • I might need help because in the last few days i have a nightmares of my bad memories

    agility 004agility 004Pred 9 urami
  • This seems scary- time to wait to watch it at 12am Edit- Finally watching this. Why me.

    Arty OcelotArty OcelotPred 9 urami
  • I feel like I have this condition.

    Subash RathnayakaSubash RathnayakaPred 9 urami
  • That intro sounds like a rapist...

    Rhino SmiffRhino SmiffPred 9 urami
  • The nightmare death reminds me of the game Katherine/Catherine

    Ava CarneyAva CarneyPred 9 urami
  • Is it just me or does the robot on the side of the bed sound like the Minecraft youtuber grain

    XxJTplayzxX MXxJTplayzxX MPred 9 urami
  • He said ban gu ngut hahah, its pronounced ba ngu ngut. Just sayin. No hate.

    Aldrich AlejandrinoAldrich AlejandrinoPred 9 urami
  • Ha your the game can’t make me fear sleep I just drank 2 cups of coffe

    Starrie GachaStarrie GachaPred 9 urami
  • Stop it with the edgy intros pls

    lasergun hplasergun hpPred 10 urami
  • Oh hey, shutting your eyes and still seeing the shadowy figures in the darkness, that thing that happens to me in real life. Yes, it is very smart to put that in a horror game.

    OHG FawxOHG FawxPred 10 urami
  • It's crazy how real this stuff is. I've always delt woth insomnia, panic attacks, and anxiety. At one point in my later teens I decided to try and see how long I could stay awake. I went 7 days. Day 3 I started seeing glimpses of this monkey watching me from a far. He never came super close but he was always there. Then day 4 I went to a rock show to help stay awake and the music sounded distorted to me and it almost seemed like there were whispers under the tone of the music and they made me feel really off. Day 5 I was atba friends and they fell asleep and I laid there in the dark and it sounded like things were constantly tip toeing around me and though I couldn't see I felt that many things were watching me and stalking around me. Day 6 was really odd. A lot of things in my vision tunneled as if it was far away and I had an overwhelming feeling that I was constantly lost despite knowing where I was. Day 7 really sucked as everything from the previous days culminated and the panic was so intense and I heard what sounded like armies marching constantly and that monkey was always atleast 5 feet away hiding but watching, sounds were warped, things didn't appear as they should, and my mind really didn't know what was and wasn't real at times. Truly trippy and terrifying. I don't reccomend it and I would never do that experiment again. I didn't feel right for weeks afterwards.

    Skyler KaeserSkyler KaeserPred 10 urami
  • Bangungot that's a Tagalog word term as nightmare

    King AlisonKing AlisonPred 10 urami
  • Bangungut is nightmare in our tagalog language

    Aioki AquinoAioki AquinoPred 10 urami
  • I'm watching this at night like now

    Death angelDeath angelPred 10 urami
  • Probably shouldn’t watch this at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="280">4:40</a> in the morning but ah well. It’ll be fun right?

    Pixie DustPixie DustPred 10 urami
  • A.B. sounds just like Grian

    Lady JusticeLady JusticePred 10 urami
  • You managed to make both scared of sleeping and scared of not sleeping. Thanks.

    Ricky MooreRicky MoorePred 10 urami
  • When he said perth I was surprised. Like I’ve never heard an american say my citys name and like just thinking “I’ve been to that building” is so weird

    retarded commenterretarded commenterPred 10 urami
  • what about that guy that doesn’t need sleep and like he said i feel like a flower that isn’t watered or something? I dunno.

    Nathan CabilesNathan CabilesPred 10 urami
  • Jeez. I never knew us Hmong people would be so discriminated against. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="247">4:07</a>

    Lazy Girl101Lazy Girl101Pred 10 urami
  • I think the Dr. works for or with the company your character worked at. Just telling you to get some rest without treating you medically might lead to your death. Which would mean whatever happened resulting in your injuries, might remain unknown.

    M PM PPred 10 urami
  • I scared because of u

    Rosita LeritRosita LeritPred 10 urami
  • My nightmares: drowning and monsters. Matpats nightmares: Sans is Ness

    Colin RoweColin RowePred 10 urami
  • Is is bad that I'm watching this at almost <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="720">12:00</a>pm

    queen jerboa chickenqueen jerboa chickenPred 10 urami
  • Thanks for scaring me for the whole entire video firstI was afraid I was going to get the flu second I was afraid that I had coronavirus and now you’ve made me afraid of all the symptoms you’ve just said in this video. Please comfort me

    Margaret FlisMargaret FlisPred 10 urami
  • I already had a nightmare yesterday and trust me it was well terrifying as is i dont want another lol

    Nathan CabilesNathan CabilesPred 10 urami
  • I hate sleeping... This happened to me every night but I survive every night... It was so hard, harder than living life everyday...

    Manuel LegardeManuel LegardePred 10 urami
  • Watching this from a the lights out people will be knocking and freaking me out

    Robbie ShockRobbie ShockPred 10 urami
  • "he's already inside" it's prolly better if you say "he's in your mind".

  • "Sleep" Me at 1am: *GoNnA tAkE mY hOrSe To ThE-*

    Echo SolarisEcho SolarisPred 11 urami
  • I've tried 7days without sleep (way back when I am a 2nd year college student) Well it's not fun experience.

    CreyCreyPred 11 urami
  • Maybe your nightmares are so scary that you have a heart attack.

    Kid Maskell2Kid Maskell2Pred 11 urami
  • I bet that the whole thing is an experiment...

    Chiang Edison 江鴻霆Chiang Edison 江鴻霆Pred 11 urami
  • Wasn't there a Russian experiment about not sleeping and ended with the 3 men dying i dont remember the details

    mjl0905mjl0905Pred 11 urami
  • Me: *in bed watching a video* SLproject's Recommendation System: Game Theory Don't Fall Asleep Me: *clicks on video* Me: *watches full video* Me: alright imma watch another

    Korean ProdigyKorean ProdigyPred 11 urami
  • Aside from the visuals at the start and the lyrics Mat’s voice would be great for falling asleep. He’s gonna be a great father

    Weekid gachatuberWeekid gachatuberPred 11 urami
  • There is a bed in minecraft that kills you...

    GOLDEN profileGOLDEN profilePred 11 urami
  • So where’s the animal crossing theory ??

    Dominic ValdezDominic ValdezPred 11 urami
  • Y am I watching this at 4am in the night?

    Thomas SchutteThomas SchuttePred 11 urami
  • me, a hmong male: oh no...

    haishahaishaPred 11 urami
  • Yo Bangungut is a Filipino word meaning "nightmare".

    ZancainZancainPred 11 urami
  • I’m a Filipino... and I know what BANGUNGUT is... yah it is right that it means nightmare , matpat just butchered the pronunciation a little... no hate just sayin

    Stay Connected!Stay Connected!Pred 11 urami
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="225">3:45</a> It had to be 1987

  • In Philippines bangungut means nightmare.

    Gaven Kurt GamboaGaven Kurt GamboaPred 11 urami
  • He looks like borna coric now lol

    sol woodleysol woodleyPred 11 urami
  • Sleep Paralysis buddy=/ you are a lucky victim !

    Harry HeinHarry HeinPred 11 urami
  • Sleep paralysis is super common among hmong people. a lot of my cousins have experienced it. a lot of them sleep walk too.

    Crazybloo3Crazybloo3Pred 11 urami
  • Thanks for depriving me of ny sleep it is now <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="201">3:21</a> in the morning helllpp

    MullyboatsMullyboatsPred 11 urami
  • So they were Freddy Krugered?

    OOF MasterOOF MasterPred 11 urami
  • huh. google translate didn’t do so bad for your hoodies

    Noah ShiraiNoah ShiraiPred 12 urami
  • @Game Theory - Its pronounced 'Ba - Ngû - Ngôt'

    Rannie and Eubelle - Rn'ERannie and Eubelle - Rn'EPred 12 urami
  • Watching this at 4am

    Arnau FerrerArnau FerrerPred 12 urami
  • Bangungut is a filipino word which translate to nightmares in filipino superstions bangungut can be cause by sleeping with anger or sleeping with a really full stomach and also in our tradition there is a monster that strangulates you to make you have bangungut... Like so matpat can see

    Jelly FruitJelly FruitPred 12 urami
  • Welp... I'm not sleeping tonight

    Jonathan GreeneJonathan GreenePred 12 urami
  • I actually have acute psychosis and it is not fun trust me

    Drake the foxDrake the foxPred 12 urami
  • Wait.. This nightmare death is real???? 😨

    ChromositeChromositePred 12 urami
  • it make me feel like that I am gonna get that tonight

    xshawnlan 123xshawnlan 123Pred 12 urami
  • There was a man that didn't sleep for 45 years

    Day counterDay counterPred 12 urami
    • Probably should still sleep though

      Day counterDay counterPred 12 urami
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="4">00:04</a> Did he say "gotta pee"?

    Colten TuckerColten TuckerPred 12 urami
  • Im going to learn the intro

    ChromositeChromositePred 12 urami
  • so this nightmare death could be the origin for the rumor that if you die in your dream or nightmare then you die in real life.

    atticus blackatticus blackPred 12 urami
  • Death by Nightmare Me: Catherine! They be cheaters!

    Andrew DoteAndrew DotePred 12 urami
  • Have you heard of the Russian Sleep Experiment Matpat?

    lieutenantloganlieutenantloganPred 12 urami
  • I was screaming when i looked at the doctor creepy smile <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="901">15:01</a>

    Angel DragonAngel DragonPred 12 urami
  • #scary

    goldenplayer309 89goldenplayer309 89Pred 12 urami
  • Paralysis Demon: The Game.

    The BoopyThe BoopyPred 12 urami
  • Gamers don’t sleep

    Uno ReverseUno ReversePred 13 urami
  • Dude as an insomniac I’ve experienced hallucinations and had at one point gone at least 5 or 6 days (my memory starts to get foggy) This is just terrifying and it sure seems possible given how you feel like you’re going insane and nothing works like it should or looks like it should Idk it’s one of those things I have personal experience with and I thought it might be something worth sharing

    Random_boi_500Random_boi_500Pred 13 urami
  • Looks like 8 bit ryan is here bois

    orange pomeloorange pomeloPred 13 urami
  • Why does this sound like the game red door yellow door? The mind ritual game that unlocks stuff and you start to see people and the people are bad? And you are trying not to sleep or else you can get in a coma, seizurr, etc.

    ImJustAShadowImJustAShadowPred 13 urami
  • Im a Schizophrenic

    twitches in feartwitches in fearPred 13 urami
  • I don't know why but now I wanna see the shadow people

    Liliane VieiraLiliane VieiraPred 13 urami
  • It. 6am and I didn't slept yet ,😳😳😳

    GrayCode66GrayCode66Pred 13 urami
  • Did simply sarc voice the narrator in the game??

    Roach BoiRoach BoiPred 13 urami
  • Oh hey I'll go to sleep aaaaand I'm dead

    Liliane VieiraLiliane VieiraPred 13 urami