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

  • 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>

    • holykaroline

      @Zenigundam Stop being toxic because no girls want you.

    • EliteTyzone

      @Aoife Coffey Ok.

    • Kill Me please
      Kill Me please

      wooden_sword5055 haha yea

    • Kill Me please
      Kill Me please

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


      @Buttery Toaast NEVER

  • furiosnoureoffical roblox
    furiosnoureoffical roblox

    game theory: u cant u cant hide he is already inside me:inside wat *jump scare * me: FRIK HE INSIDE MEH DREAMS

  • Shawnday Salazar
    Shawnday Salazar

    I feel like the doctor is related to his work and our guy saw something he shouldn’t have got in an “accident” and the doctor is trying to make it where he doesn’t recover. At least that’s my theory🤔

  • MjauwMau the oofer
    MjauwMau the oofer

    Jojo reference Death 13

  • : D
    : D

    They like moan not scream

  • : D
    : D

    One of the classic philippine story its ba- ngu (nuygu sum like that but fast and silent y ) ngu-t

  • TheYouTubeAngel

    Great, I struggle with sleeping issues due to PTSD. Now I know I can die from nightmares, great!

  • kati

    bcs men are the most that are impacted by thraumas


    Sucks to be you, I never sleep in the first place.

  • Josh Cruz
    Josh Cruz

    *Intro sequence plays* Me: Nope, can't sleep with that kind of singing MatPat

  • eider fonseca
    eider fonseca

    I didn't want to sleep anyways ¤.¤

  • FiggityFiggityFox

    I die a lot in my dreams, feel the pain and everything, I have felt the fear of gripping onto your last moments of consciousness. My point is I have died a lot, killed in dreams yet I'm still here. As far as sleep deprivation I don't sleep well but I usually get about 4 hours minimum. If I finally die from a dream it will be from stress I'm sure, heart complications if anything. Yes I'm typing this while still watching the video, just thought I'd share that ^^

  • EJ M
    EJ M

    where my Filipinos at? BANGUNGUT IZ REAL

  • Dragon 71 bam
    Dragon 71 bam

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="80">1:20</a> Sev a german youtuber is played it to

  • ЯД

    In the beginning clicking sounds like somebody rotate revolver drum. P. S. I know that they dont clicking

  • gobe30

    Why did I decide to watch a game theory about a horror game based on nightmares at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="112">1:52</a>am? You would think I would want to increase my nightmare paranoia.

  • chaunimoo 1987
    chaunimoo 1987

    randy gardener is clinicly insane and then some

  • chaunimoo 1987
    chaunimoo 1987

    actualy i just hate the fact its night

  • chaunimoo 1987
    chaunimoo 1987

    i hate you mat

  • Do Plan
    Do Plan

    I love seeing sleep science being spoken about. I’m an insomniac myself and I’ve stayed awake for 7days latest and the symptoms do join up with what I heard from this

  • Cat Aldana
    Cat Aldana

    I find it funny the video I watch to fall asleep is about the game try not to fall asleep

  • Dummy Account
    Dummy Account

    Fact: The word "Bangungut" directly translated "Nightmare" in Filipino Language.

  • nekomancer 91
    nekomancer 91

    This nightmare death is quite popular here in our country but instead of screaming you will hear them mumbling something in their sleep you must wake them up no matter what cuz if you dont they will stay as sleep forever (death)

  • Trinh Tran
    Trinh Tran

    Schizophrenia maybe he has it? He might of hot his head it triggered it

  • Legavolo Kingcrimsonon
    Legavolo Kingcrimsonon

    Well boys we did it Game theory mentioned superhorrorbro

  • Someone538

    I can't hide from MatDaddy, I'm so scared

  • Austin Lester
    Austin Lester

    are the assistant and the doctor hallucanations?

  • Melodie Welch
    Melodie Welch

    I laughed SO hard when Tom Nook showed up!

  • YeaIKnowImPoor -Roblox
    YeaIKnowImPoor -Roblox

    The 2 story is like sleep paralysis

  • Basant Ibrahim
    Basant Ibrahim

    the closing my eyes monster in the darkness happened to me as a kid stop bringing back bad memories matpat

  • David Dell-Folts
    David Dell-Folts

    Look it is dbd characters: <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="10">0:10</a> the Nurse on the right <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="6">0:06</a> The spirt on the left (WAH!)

  • Kristian Verser
    Kristian Verser

    I accidentally read game theory as game feary

  • Allie Mackey
    Allie Mackey

    mat: “April, 1987” markiplier: “tHe BiTe oF ‘87?!?!?!?”

  • Marky Darky
    Marky Darky

    Bangungot literally means nightmare in the Philippines

  • Blimeycrow 22
    Blimeycrow 22


  • Apex _
    Apex _

    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.

    • Apex _
      Apex _

      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.*

  • Blimeycrow 22
    Blimeycrow 22

    the second story is like a xxx

  • James Slash 876
    James Slash 876

    This was played by CrankGamePlays

  • SS99_ The_Emerald_Sky_Knight_32.5
    SS99_ The_Emerald_Sky_Knight_32.5

    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.

  • That Caramel Otaku
    That Caramel Otaku

    <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 😶

  • Uke Time
    Uke Time

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

  • Slinglasher

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

  • Will Hiegel
    Will Hiegel

    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...

  • DropN Dimes
    DropN Dimes

    Sleep paralysis

  • Irondrone 82
    Irondrone 82

    That song in the beginning was fire

  • Dayna Allmon
    Dayna Allmon

    1987 this is a fnaf video

  • kurama kyuubi
    kurama kyuubi

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

  • U.N. Owen
    U.N. Owen

    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!

  • UnknownCreature-006

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

  • *Insert cool name Here*
    *Insert cool name Here*

    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?

  • Carts reeds
    Carts reeds

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

  • Paraschiv Luca
    Paraschiv Luca

    How about the russian sleep experiment?

  • Xtreme Team
    Xtreme Team

    LOVE that intro

  • Rage

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


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

  • Jasmin Mangos
    Jasmin Mangos

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

  • Kenji Tempest
    Kenji Tempest

    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?)

  • Theoretical Reality
    Theoretical Reality

    why not sleep in daytime

  • Melani Cruz
    Melani Cruz

    Do Animal Crossing!

  • Connor Ellis
    Connor Ellis

    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

  • AREA#001

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

  • Leighton Dunn
    Leighton Dunn

    This reminds me of DHMIS

  • crystal

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

  • Rose Lydia Page
    Rose Lydia Page

    David Mitchell anyone?

  • Jero Martinez
    Jero Martinez

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

  • Marquisee Mthembuu
    Marquisee Mthembuu


  • Alvin Brato
    Alvin Brato

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

  • Psychic Sandshrew
    Psychic Sandshrew

    "April, 1987" BITE OF EIG

  • Ava's World
    Ava's World

    Just the fricking song scared me

  • Danny Souza
    Danny Souza

    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.

  • Yuvia Hernandez
    Yuvia Hernandez

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

  • Kaleb Mitchell
    Kaleb Mitchell

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

  • amiral 779
    amiral 779

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

  • Cheryl Robishaw
    Cheryl Robishaw

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

  • Electric Animations
    Electric Animations

    Peter Tripp be trippin bro

  • Spring Day
    Spring Day

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

  • Natsu Gr101
    Natsu Gr101

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

  • X_Keels 05
    X_Keels 05

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

  • ShadowKnight Soul
    ShadowKnight Soul

    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.

  • Pinxue Li
    Pinxue Li

    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.