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>

    ManlyBadassHeroManlyBadassHero6 dögum síðan
    • @Zenigundam wha-

      Henlo am minecraft birbHenlo am minecraft birb4 klukkustundum síðan
    • I’m so goddamn confused right now

      LythistLythist7 klukkustundum síðan
    • Zenigundam you look like your name is Jared.

      MumkeyJonesMumkeyJones12 klukkustundum síðan
    • @Zenigundam just figure out what to buy for your gf for valentines day first, or perhaps realize you dont have a gf lol

      Syasya_ HDSyasya_ HDDegi Síðan síðan
    • Zenigundam you know insensitive people like you are the main reason why those pain-in-the-neck sjws still exist.Seriously dude get some help or stop commenting.

      Kyle AbelKyle AbelDegi Síðan síðan
  • I'm just replaying matpat mispronouncing "bangungot". Keep scrolling

    mayarii gmayarii g4 klukkustundum síðan
  • its 4 am and im watching this... crap...

    Valentin DimitrovValentin Dimitrov5 klukkustundum síðan
  • Any chance you’d be able to take a look at Control anytime soon?!

    Dark RiftDark Rift5 klukkustundum síðan
  • Fun fact: Some say this is caused by a "Tikbalang", which is an *aswang.* (filipino for "monster". Think of it like this, if the Japanese have "Yokai", we filipinos have "Aswangs"). They are 6ft creatures that have the body of a man, but the head of a horse. They come into your dreams and take ur souls away. If you wake up in time, then you only get sleep paralysis. If you don't, *you die* . Some say they come to take the souls of their victims to take them into the world of the spirits and make them their brides/grooms.

    dennisvergel36dennisvergel365 klukkustundum síðan
  • wait .....but scientists do know what sleep does. its like common knowledge XD in this video he says no one knows what it does or whyd you die without it. but thats 100% false. 1: during sleep, your heart and lungs slow down ( the things that literally NEVER stop since your born or you would die) this slowing down is so much so that, people even experience sleep apnea, where your lungs stop completely or slow down to much. but science does know why they slow down during sleep. its to regenerate and maintain those organs. its the only time they get to rest. since the body isnt moving they can take break, slow down, and start to use the bodies nutrients and calories to repair the ever moving tissue that never stops. 2: your memory. science knows for a fact that wile you sleep, everything that happened during your day is filed in to different sections of your brain, some kept for long term, and some kept for short term. case and point, you may remember what shirt you wore yesterday, but you may be sorta hazy on what color shirt you wore 2 days ago, and 2 weeks ago you may not even remember the color. but take something dangerous for example, lets say you once texted when driving and got in to a car wreck, you had broken bones and almost died. youd remember that forever, because after it happened your brain put that in the long term section. without sleep your brain starts to put everything in the "short term box" because your not giving it time to sort out those memories. which would eventually overflow in to other parts of the brain creating hallucinations and psychosis. 3: the chemicals in your brain are very complex and they break down. during sleep these chemicles are recycled, and some just recreated, so that you can wake up and continue being able to walk, breath, remember, make choices, experience emotions, ect. when you dont sleep your telling your brain ( HOLD ON! IM STILL AWAKE! KEEP USING THE SAME CHEMICALS!) its essentially like driving a car but never once changing your oil. eventually that cars gona break. same with your brain. it uses a ton of chemicals to make your body function, and the only safe time to replace those is when your instinct to sleep kicks in, your brain literally tells you ( find a safe place, shut your eyes, and dont move) this is so the brain can refuel itself. all of this science knows thats the part im getting at. he says science doesnt know what sleep does or why youd die without it. but for like 60 years yes science has known. i thought this was all common sense XD i mean theres even more stuff i could mention on a cellular level but, i think ive made my point.

    sean gleasonsean gleason5 klukkustundum síðan
  • The dab tsog!! Night hag yes

    Hayden the braveHayden the brave5 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="672">11:12</a> Search for Russian sleep experiment

    OutloatOutloat5 klukkustundum síðan
  • matpat, you owe me 1,000 bells

    Hayden WaughHayden Waugh5 klukkustundum síðan
  • this makes me not want to sleep because of nightmares but also want to sleep REALLY bad!

    Wesley DudleyWesley Dudley6 klukkustundum síðan
  • Matpat:Sleep is important Me:*laughs in 3 am*

    Lion 0Lion 06 klukkustundum síðan
  • I appreciate that DBD Nurse in the beginning. She does force them to "sleep".

    NefriteeNefritee6 klukkustundum síðan
  • Mettaton: Ooh yes!😘 *(DEATH BY GLAMOUR)*

    Muja KinaMuja Kina6 klukkustundum síðan
  • This theory reminded me of the Russian sleep experiment

    hello kako sihello kako si6 klukkustundum síðan
  • Wel thank you for that intro guess I’ll just stay awake foe the next week

    Random CommenterRandom Commenter6 klukkustundum síðan
  • me: watching the intro the triple locked back door of my house: swings open me: nope nope nope nope NOPE

    ishallcallhersquishyishallcallhersquishy7 klukkustundum síðan
  • Please, don't let turn into the next FNAF

    Oscar WindOscar Wind7 klukkustundum síðan
  • man where is a fnaf theory

    Jose Maria AngelesJose Maria Angeles7 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="226">3:46</a> you are always going to be haunted by that year aren't you matpat

    KamoGamingKamoGaming8 klukkustundum síðan
  • Me: let's go watch some game theory My sleep schedule: Are you sure that's a good idea? Me: yeah My sleep schedule:

    Socially Acceptable PiSocially Acceptable Pi8 klukkustundum síðan
  • Now I’m happy I suffer from insomnia

    Fairy MystonightFairy Mystonight9 klukkustundum síðan
  • Meanwhile I haven’t remembered/experienced a dream in almost 8 months- I just legit fall asleep never knowing when then I wake up and I’m like: *O h O k T h e n*

    ClassifiedKiwiClassifiedKiwi9 klukkustundum síðan
  • I love that game

    Dylan Khadiken supporter of the first orderDylan Khadiken supporter of the first order9 klukkustundum síðan
  • Sleep

    Dylan Khadiken supporter of the first orderDylan Khadiken supporter of the first order9 klukkustundum síðan
  • Ayyy Hmong gang

    Oh KayOh Kay9 klukkustundum síðan
  • I actually have the opposite anxiety to this. I read an article about people who cant sleep anymore, their body cant do it. So they stay awake until their body give up. And it terrifies me. When I have isomania, I panic soo much.

    abitofpaprikaabitofpaprika9 klukkustundum síðan
  • can i just say how GLORIOUS stephanie's scream is at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="137">2:17</a>

    Pat TolosaPat Tolosa10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Roses are red,roses still smell,i will die before i see this

    Secret UserSecret User10 klukkustundum síðan
  • The story of the nightmare death is actually pretty close to the Turkish myth "Karabasan". İt is believed it happens to everyone once in their life and they suffocate in their sleep. That they feel like someone is choking them. İt gives me shivers to this day.

    Rana KayaRana Kaya10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Is it weird when your sleep demon watches this with you?

    FLED THE HUNTERFLED THE HUNTER11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Lol imagine having dreams

    LEILA KREULLEILA KREUL11 klukkustundum síðan
  • I leave the lights on...

    xd kittymcxd kittymc11 klukkustundum síðan
  • John Herrin survived a horrible accident and as a result, he damaged his brain and lost his memory. Only Dr. Rick Norberg and the friendly robot "AB" can help John to recover from his brain damage and restore his broken memory. By falling asleep and rediscovering the past in his dreams, John can restore his memory and remember what caused the unfortunate catastrophe in one of the most secretive laboratories of the "Revivel" company. But due to John's brain damage, falling asleep won't be as easy as it seems at first... John will start to hallucinate and hear sounds that will only make it harder to fall asleep. Only by dealing with his fears and staying calm can he successfully fall asleep, otherwise, his overwhelmingly high stress may lead to an untimely death ... lol

    That One Baka Ashely NiiThat One Baka Ashely Nii11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Its the godamn death note

    Andrew LiuAndrew Liu11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Try face your fears 1 it's very similar

    Ronan Mc inerneyRonan Mc inerney11 klukkustundum síðan
  • I don’t think the doctor is real. I think he’s another illusion, a malicious figment of Johns imagination, which is trying to get him to sleep, because it knows what the nightmares hold in wait for him.

    Adrienne KaioAdrienne Kaio12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Me looking behind me to mentally dap up my demon

    Brandon EspinalBrandon Espinal12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Real or not

    Tommy Your NeighborTommy Your Neighbor12 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="611">10:11</a> nice to see my hometown being recognised

    SeeryousSeeryous12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Wow so "Batibat" is the Main villain here?

    lezt cerdeñalezt cerdeña12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Welp... I'm going to be scared for life

    星撮影星撮影12 klukkustundum síðan
  • As someone who has trouble falling asleep, this is not helping

    pokemon 123pokemon 12313 klukkustundum síðan
  • Was this really necessary when I had a total of four hours of sleep in the last two days?

    Jessy-sYouTubeJessy-sYouTube13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I have my own theory about this game. Where the doctor is trying to make you die of fear to keep something you know from getting out to the rest of the world by using his position as a doctor to make memorys false and his lies the truth. Ps. Feel free to use this for a theory matpat.

    candle light gamingcandle light gaming13 klukkustundum síðan
  • is it just me or is this new photoshop Matt...hotter?

    Moronic Pumpkin LocationMoronic Pumpkin Location13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I bet the cause of those nightmare deaths was some agent-orange type stuff. Some weird chemical that interacted with a sleep chemical.

    SHAMFUR DESPRAYSHAMFUR DESPRAY14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Leave it to game theory to turn a video game into a scary true fact that will terrorize me for weeks, thanks Matthew!👍

    s0n4rs0n4r14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Can you do a theory on the outlast series it's still confusing after all this time

    Brendan BarnhartBrendan Barnhart14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Quick!! #mattdaddy !!

    Alexander McgovernAlexander Mcgovern14 klukkustundum síðan
    • Make it a thing folks!

      Alexander McgovernAlexander Mcgovern14 klukkustundum síðan
  • You guys need to play some puppet combo horror games. Puppet combo is an indie developer who makes horror games with VHS style 80s graphics, the games themselves are pretty scary and fun. I would recommend Nun Massacre, Feed Me Billy, The Glass Staircase, The Night-ripper, and Nightshift/Stay Out of the House respectively. Some are short while others are pretty lengthy, (especially Nun Massacre and Stay Out of the House.) Perfect for some GT livestreams. Not to mention some are pretty good theory material, such as The Glass Staircase.

    Ruby Peppa pigRuby Peppa pig14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Welp I am sleep deprived confirmed

    StoryBoardStoryBoard14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Bayng-ngu-ngut *me a filipino, screaming*

    jadefromspacejadefromspace15 klukkustundum síðan
  • Hey Theorists. It's not Lupus... Uhm Bangugug. From what I can tell, the game describes RISP (Recurring Isolated Sleep Paralysis), a condition where your REM sleep (aka: The dream phase) is disturbed, causing to you enter REM while still partially awake, giving you hellish hallucinations like the ones seen in the game. It can also end your sleep paralysis while still in REM, causing you to act out whatever you're doing in your dream. I've personally punched a wall so hard that my knuckles bled, "sleepran" until I fell out of the bed, and spoken in reverse and slow motion - gave my then-SO nightmares for a week. Odds are that John dies while acting out things happening in his dream, causing him to jump through closed windows or what have you. RISP is also often linked to lucid dreaming, so it would also make sense that John has enough control of his dreams to interact with them. It's treatable by a combination of bupropion (a SNRI antidepressant), promethazine, behavioural therapy and maintaining good sleep hygiene and can improve to a point where even heavy cases with multiple episodes per month are reduced to one or two episodes a year. On the other hand, RISP episodes can become much more common and debilitating when under stress or anxiety, like recovering from traumatic events. Sticking someone with RISP in bed and telling them to "sleep it off" is probably almost garanteed to make the case worse - which we also witness in the game.

    Der DeSDer DeS15 klukkustundum síðan
  • I was about 16 years old. I didn't sleep for 2 or 3 days. I started hearing wordless whispers. Some were far away, while some homed in and were super close for a while. It was terrifying.

    Dragon WaifuDragon Waifu15 klukkustundum síðan
  • Watching this in the dark was a MISTAKE

    I’m ScaredI’m Scared15 klukkustundum síðan
  • Someone please tell me what that melody in the beginning is called. I’ve had this teddy bear with a music box since I was born and I really liked the tune and I just recognized it in the beginning of this video please tell me.

    Arian51Arian5116 klukkustundum síðan
  • Are you singing in the wrong key to make it worse? Lol

    amgK v2.0amgK v2.016 klukkustundum síðan
  • What about yub

    hans and hars channelhans and hars channel16 klukkustundum síðan
  • Ok so I stayed up for more than 4 days before but I didn't experience any of that so is it case by case

    quincyking010quincyking01016 klukkustundum síðan
  • Me:this is fine it is not real Game theory:this is real Me:OH GOD memes:guess I will die

    Munther does stuffMunther does stuff16 klukkustundum síðan
  • i think matpat is on the very of making a horror game or flim

    inazbulldog22sbloginazbulldog22sblog17 klukkustundum síðan
  • Fell asleep watching this... I stayed up all night trying to catch up with new vids

    jacob mejacob me17 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="120">2:00</a> I cannot tell whether that's a regular british man voicing him but that ODDLY sounds exactly like Grian

    Warren KeystoneWarren Keystone17 klukkustundum síðan
  • Great why did i watch this at night

    AceAce18 klukkustundum síðan
  • I wish he gave a snide shout out to the Russian sleep experiment creepypasta and the robot assistant sounds like Mumbo Jumbo speaking through a voice modulator

    Jonathan JaykumarJonathan Jaykumar18 klukkustundum síðan
  • I'm glad I decided to not watch this at 3 am

    alpha reaperionalpha reaperion18 klukkustundum síðan
  • Can you tell me what is going on with gman in half life again can you make a part 2??

    Clinically deadClinically dead18 klukkustundum síðan
  • Hey I live in Perth

    Geneva WongGeneva Wong18 klukkustundum síðan
  • Huh... I haven't told many people this, but I've gone a (roughly) 6 day sleepless episode a few years ago. I haven't really experienced as much of the symptoms mentioned until the end. Ngl I don't remember what all happened anymore, but I do know that I wouldn't want to do it again. It's hard for me to stay awake a full day sometimes anymore.

    Luvi LuvcatnipLuvi Luvcatnip19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Sus naman Matt di "Bayng-ngu-ngut" yon "Ba-ngu-ngOT" yung tamang pronunciation

    Moonbyul's SnowflakeMoonbyul's Snowflake19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Headspace was the first ad to run in the middle of this episode... Kudos to the algorithm for pointing me toward exactly what I'll need after watching this

    survivordavesurvivordave20 klukkustundum síðan
  • the opening song was absolutely perfect and creepy thank you for this

    Jennie DiPedegreeJennie DiPedegree20 klukkustundum síðan
  • I was about to sleep when I watched this, and after I watched the video, I woke up.

    Isaac Noah EnriquezIsaac Noah Enriquez20 klukkustundum síðan
  • Hey game theory can you do roblox piggy

    Bobthe jerkBobthe jerk20 klukkustundum síðan
  • I apparently had someone that are passed away in his sleep he was my mum's ex-boyfriend he was living with his friend down in Australia and he just passed away in his sleep

    Samking245 KingSamking245 King20 klukkustundum síðan
  • Mat have you heard of the Russian sleep experiment

    azroark 2003azroark 200321 klukkustund síðan
  • Is it coming or cumming?

    Hirvo RannuHirvo Rannu21 klukkustund síðan
  • Bangungut means nightmare here in philippines

    Magic WishMagic Wish21 klukkustund síðan
  • We should all go to Markiplier and jack a boy's channel and comment for them to play this game

    Elusive Table582Elusive Table58221 klukkustund síðan
  • Can autopsies detect if a person died of shock. If not then that is a good possibility, seeing something scary enough can overload your fear, hence causing shock. I don't know but that's just a theory.

    Alexander FuerteAlexander Fuerte21 klukkustund síðan