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. Michael Roberts

        @刘滨 not joking

      2. Michael Roberts

        @Aoife Coffey they aren't joking

      3. Michael Roberts

        @Oshie Op Water well everyone thinks it's real and he has some videos

      4. Michael Roberts

        @Zenigundam hello crazy person 462! How did you get out of jail? We were pretty sure we locked you up well enough. Which was a bit too much with your drugs, alcohol, and mental state...

      5. Thebeastnine 4

        Zenigundam you at not a alpha you are a gamma

    2. pop jo

      I should not had watched this before I go to sleep😨

    3. EdgyBoi 99

      Anyone else think about the russian sleep experiment?

    4. Trevor MTB

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="325">5:25</a> is just a description of sleep paralysis

    5. EdgyBoi 99

      That sounds like sleep paralysis


      Yeee John Wolfe haha

    7. Julianna Hensley

      When he said 1987 I get FNAF flashbacks... I thought this was gonna be a fnaf universe thing

    8. jay lee

      freddy krueger ?????????????????? i wonder

    9. No

      Matt Pat is my sleep paralysis demon

    10. jay lee

      ok there's one thing that can cause death by nightmares and his name is Freddy Krueger or fnaf 4

    11. Idaho Wildflower

      The survivor sounds like he was having sleep paralysis.

    12. Beyond_The_Order

      Welp if I wasn’t an insomniac before I am now....

    13. Kat The SkeleGirl

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="238">3:58</a> Mat: “Bang-gu-get.” Me, who is Filipino but doesn’t speak Tagalog: Is that a Filipino word? Edit: Yes. It is Filipino. It means ‘nightmare.’

    14. MissFoxieGirlIsHere

      When I saw Tom Nook I literally started laughing sooo much

    15. Goku

      Right, wasnt really planning on sleeping peacefully. thanks.

    16. R2D2 from Star Trek

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="16">0:16</a> I was like, “Nasty. Oh wait”

    17. Wright Leo

      Honestly I'm more scared of Animal Crossing fans. They haven't been to forgiving of my ignorance XD

    18. PoisonIris

      I legitimately did not sleep for 24 hours today and I think I went Insane. Don’t ask why

    19. GAME ON! GO

      I have a one problem some people like rushes won’t sleep at all they just dream tho they did isn’t die and also people who have coma that there body won’t move they also won’t sleep at all for even months...that’s the problem you have

    20. Krishna Santos

      The way he pronounced bangungut 😅

    21. MystiicG

      Death Thirteen?

    22. Xavier Lapis

      its hard to get used to beard matt

    23. Shady Slovakian

      I am falling asleep to Matt’s singing

    24. Jfm 21

      Im Filipino and <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="238">3:58</a> the "Bangungut" is said to be caused by curses or demons or bewitching :D

      1. Jfm 21

        btw these events are common especially in the woody provinces of the Philippines where most Bewitching activities happen ( Barang ) which can cause Nightmare Death ( Bangungut ) or other anomalous and mysterious curses

    25. Konrad Pytlak

      Matpat you can dubing hooror character , so sceary

    26. Tyrin Turner

      Before I even watch it. Which one is it don’t fall asleep or try to fall asleep? Edit: wait nope nvm

    27. Skywalker_ 175

      Older men dying in their sleep due to nightmares... Smells like Catherine if ya ask me

    28. Because I JustCan'tSleep

      Can confirm about the bug hallucination. I didn't sleep for a week because I had sleep paralysis every night as a kid that progressively got more and more terrifying. In class on about day 5 or 6 of not having any sleep, save for the occasional 4 or 5 minute fall asleep standing up moment, I saw a shadow that looked like a spider crawling across my desk heading towards the edge of my desk. I hit the desk really hard and hurt my hand, and my teacher and the other kids were confused (probably because I hit the desk almost at full force). I just said it was a bug and we moved on with the lesson. I don't remember much else about that week, except for going in and out of being cognitive. For example, I remember coming to on my back porch after falling asleep standing up, but I don't remember the events before or shortly after that. I remember almost falling asleep at one point in the night and experiencing a terrifying sleep paralysis episode that was so realistic that I screamed until my throat was raw and everyone in the house had woken up. It was so weird because I only ever had sleep paralysis in my own house. If I slept at the neighbors I was fine, same for friends places too. I moved out of there over the summer and I haven't had an episode since.

    29. Alec Minamoto

      I wouldn't be surprised if we find out at the end that John is actually a "lab rat" himself. Those "brain damages" and memory loss could very much be inflicted by the Doctor. If we think a lot, in psychiatric facilities, before we had our current, more humaine treatments, some of the "techniques" used on patients, had to do with electricity and your brain. What if they did that to John, to either cure something...or to just test something on him. Many times, mentally ill patients were used as test subjects. The same goes for death row inmates. The room we are in, could possibly be a replicate of his own room, to make the subject feel more at ease. The robot talking, could be a monitoring device. They could be inducing the nightmares with a mix of some medicine. Playing with Serotonin and Neuroepinefrin could do that. Like in Until Dawn!! The brothers get treated for wrong illness, gets auditory and visual hallucinations. Same thing applies here, but it just happens on purpose... Or it could just be a Theory!! 😁

    30. Silas Fuentes Martin

      do you know about the russian sleep eksperiment i dont know if its true though

    31. The Quality Reject

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="0">0:00</a> am i getting raped?

    32. Sem. Hahns Valderama

      Bangungut is a Filipino word for nightmare

    33. RoyalTorpedo

      Is it ironic that I just had a nightmare after this??

    34. Harsh Parekh

      the ai doctor is probably just a hallucination.

    35. Safebox Gaming

      Addendum: there is a group of people with a genetic disease called "fatal familial insomnia". These people cannot fall asleep even with strong anaesthetics, sleeping pills, etc. The disease manifests around their late 20s, early 30s and death is certain within 18 months. Edit: never mind, you mentioned it by the time I posted this comment :L

    36. BananaSims

      I hallucinated a spider coming out of an outlet after staying up for a little longer than 24 hours....

    37. Kaomonicagoes

      As a person of Hmong descent, I personally have never heard these tales from my elders... That’s sad.

    38. Christopher Scott

      Can we take a moment to appreciate mat pats singing

    39. Super Kerem

      Oh god, I sometimes see some animals like cats or dogs *H E L P*

    40. Gr0gn4k

      As a man who just played Dead by Daylight for the last 9 hours, I can honestly say that seeing the Spirit and the Nurse are still haunting me even when i'm trying to watch Game Theory is the only thing keeping me awake. So I don't have to worry about that

    41. Wigiboo


    42. PokemasterSal Gaming

      Shower thought: With this logic Steve should be dead to sleep deprivation. But instead he dies to phantoms. Maybe it's a hallucination that kills him in his sleep?

    43. Jojo Mizugorou

      Mattpatt: Death by NIGHTMARE! Me at 3AM: wut Death 13: Lali-Ho~~!

    44. god of cringe

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="0">0:00</a> bye sleep

    45. KittyCatMillicaミリカ

      The way Matpat pronounced bangungut is oddly hilarious I'm not a Filipino myself, I'm Malaysian pronouncing malay-like words most of my life xD (Probably that's why I found it hilarious)

    46. not 911. K?

      Thanks MatPat... Now I'm terrified of sleeping...

    47. Mitchell Toler

      Think about whenever I’m about to die when I’m in a dream I wake up but what if you actually die in a dream you die in real life

    48. honey sungie

      "Bang-gu-gut" Filipinos and Laotians in the comment section: never knew we were the next target of the ng pronunciation

    49. STYX

      Bangungut means nightmare in the ph

    50. DovaH HavoD

      Sleep Paralysis Demons: *Exists.* Me, who has insomnia: I both want and don't want you. Literally my sister: *Laughs in lucid dreaming.*

    51. Mr. Bacon Smith

      So you made a video showing the fatal results of not sleeping, saying it's good to sleep. To help us sleep?

    52. Daniel Steiner

      Ya know, with me having the strange fear of lullabies watching this at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="273">4:33</a> in the morning was uhm, a GREAT idea, I like game theory videos

    53. splosion

      Literally death 13 the game, spot on

    54. MrInsert

      It’s read like bang ngungot

    55. Harua Performance

      *April 1987*.... fnaf please no don't do it again

    56. oregano oil

      me at 3 am: I cant sleep also me watching this:

    57. Wiell Nyan

      It’s coming in your dreams. Me: That’s what she said. My head: So dirty. Edit: So we back in Vietnam got our aka’s swimming from side to side side to side, America, tryna stealing my rice again. Aznromeo is pog. Edit: Feels bad that people who have insomnia.

    58. Nathan Olmeda

      No joke those are all the ALselrs I watch

    59. PineappleShades

      As a filipino, I had to replay the part when he said Bangungot because it sounded so foreign and so familiar at the same time.

    60. Dom the Bomb

      Probably not the best idea on my part to watch this before I go to bed.

    61. Sp1nnyb0y

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="345">5:45</a>

    62. worthless and weird

      MATPAT YOU HAVE A MISTAKE!!!! It's bangungot Not bangungut And the pronunciation is Bang-ngoo-ngot (ngot is like not but it's an "Ng") It's a Filipino word

    63. DJ Hunter

      So I shouldn't not sleep? Yeah no sleep paralysis demons

    64. Anon ymous

      Jokes on you. I watched this in the morning.

    65. Jgaldragon

      What’s with the beard? Did dollar shave club stop sponsoring Game Theory?

    66. ize890dbz

      Are you assuming I even sleep

    67. Tiaam Du Nord

      I thought you were going to explain the game’s story. Oh well

    68. xx ninjago fan xx

      Now we know how padme died

    69. Bongo Fury

      Thank you so much for adding 8bitryan in, its real nice dude

    70. Dio Stachu

      Why TF Matpat looks like Pewdiepie?

    71. Coen Groves

      Gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer gamer

    72. Alice Stolze

      Me, watching this at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="150">2:30</a> in the morning: Okay fine I'll go to bed!

    73. Kimberly Cena

      Isn't sleep paralysis normal for everyone? I always thought being unable to move while seeing a horrible monster that's either staring at you or slowly approaching you as you try your best to move... is normal because I often experience it... Also when I have them and I manage to move I often fall back to sleep and it repeats again and it's srsly annoying

    74. Amethyst Gacha

      Don’t worry guys it’s just the scary demon from my sleep paralysis episode

    75. ALRB❤

      Bangungut. "Bang-gu-gut." Me, a Filipino: Close enough.

    76. jaduhh

      Maybe the nightmare death is a type of sleep paralysis?

    77. Nie Mand

      Alright fellas, my phone was pressed against my palm, I somehow opened the google assistent who understood "all the stories" from the overlap of the applications before toutube stopped and it started telling one of these motivational stories with "once upon a time people dreamed, when they woke up..." i am not okay

    78. Andy Chimmy

      Oh at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="238">3:58</a> I'm a Filipino. And I am already experienced bangungut before and it was realley scary to the point that I don't want to fall asleep again.

    79. Talela Manson

      Matt mentions 1987 without bringing up FNAF

    80. monkeywolfe

      "A dj had a 200 hour sleepless marathon, it ended with him running for the door half naked" ...why was he half naked?