Game Theory: Death By NIGHTMARE! (Try To Fall Asleep)

Game Theory: Death by NIGHTMARE! (Try To Fall Asleep)

What is it?

The 2020 YouTube video Game Theory: Death By NIGHTMARE! (Try To Fall Asleep) by the YouTube channel The Game Theorists.

What is it about?

This is how The Game Theorists describes this video:

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!


Jennifer Lawrence Having Psychedelic Experiences?

This dream was possibly inspired by a video called How The Big Lebowski Became A Lifestyle that I saw yesterday and a part in a video where someone showed how tall Jennifer Lawrence looked at The Academy Awards (The Oscars) compared to Jodie Foster:

How The Big Lebowski Became a Lifestyle

All that I can remember of this dream now is that I was at an indoor / outdoor convention center-like area during the day with other people, and I remember sitting and talking with the actress Jennifer Lawrence as we sat among some other people on the ledge of something that was on the ground level.


Sleep Paralysis And Hallucinations | Light (Good) Versus Dark (Evil)

Sleep Paralysis And/Or Dream 1

The first dream/experience took place about thirty minutes after I went to sleep or was almost sleep last night, I am not sure if I was dreaming or awake or if it was both, either way I remember laying in bed in a dark room; and my brother GC was on the left side of the room sleeping on his bed.

I was laying in bed about to go to sleep, then maybe I went to sleep but woke up a few minutes later still in bed, and I was experiencing sleep paralysis where I could not move and I could not talk; and I realized that this was sleep paralysis so I was pretty calm, and then I saw a hallucination of a mostly orangish colored cat with maybe a bit of small whitish colored stripes/patterns/whatever that was on the edge of my brother GC’s bed.

I thought that this was funny and cute and I felt positive, I reminded myself that this was probably a hallucination because I was having sleep paralysis, and so I decided to enjoy watching this hallucination as the cat moved around on the edge of my brother GC’s bed; and I thought that this was interesting/cool, but then things became scary/freaky and negative.

The cat changed into a freaky/scary/strange bald small naked (it was possibly shedding skin after transforming so it did not look naked in the normal sense, and it probably did not have a penis or vagina) humanoid creäture with pale maybe grayish colored skin with a wrinkled neck like it was covered in foreskin or like its skin was still shedding from transforming; and its body was shaped strangely almost like the shape of the cat combined with a humanoid, no tail or paws or fur or anything like that but a strange body shape, and it was walking/crawling on all fours.

Things were no longer positive and I became afraid like during normal sleep paralysis, I tried to move and yell to warn my brother GC but I could not move and I could only barely mumble, and the humanoid was looking at me smiling with an evil grin like it was trying to scare me; and it slowly crawled/walked/climbed on all fours next to my face staring at me smiling with an evil grin as I struggled to try to move or yell.

My brother GC was still sleep in his bed, I was panicking and I reminded myself that this was probably sleep paralysis and a hallucination that was not real, and so I closed my eyes telling myself this and I took a deep breath to relax; and then in a few seconds when I relaxed a bit I quickly opened my eyes and I tried to jump up in bed, hoping to be able to move and grab the humanoid, but when I opened my eyes my body only shook like I was scared awake.

I was still in my bed and I could move now, the humanoid was gone, and my brother GC was still sleep in his bed; and so I was not sure if I had a dream of having sleep paralysis and hallucinations or if this happened in the real world or if this happened in the real world and in a dream.

Dream 2

I think that the second dream was maybe inspired by the films The Hunger Games and Divergent and/or something like that, I think that the dream possibly involved being poor and oppressed by a government maybe, but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 3

All that I can remember of my third/last dream is that it took place at a probably windowless fictional elementary school that possibly was supposed to be P Elementary School or at least inspired by it, I was possibly a student there but I am not sure if I was younger or not, and some of my former classmates were there like my former male classmate WT.

I think that our teacher was a woman and that the school was a large one-story building with large open halls/areas, our classroom was on the left side near the center of the building near a large open area at the center of the building, and the dream was normal at first with us having class; and me talking with my former classmates, and maybe we talked about old memories.

I can not remember most of the dream but at some point in the dream things got strange and something strange was happening that I think involved light/good/et cetera versus dark/evil/et cetera, and maybe we were going to have to pick a side; but first we were going to experience each side, starting with light/good, and so we went on a mission for light/good.

A few of my classmates wanted to join dark/evil, some wanted to join light/good, and some of the others and I wanted to see what both sides were like/about/believed/behaved/et cetera; and even then some of us possibly would not want to choose a side.

Our test mission for light/good is unclear but it involved something about Santa Claus, I guess we were playing the role of Santa Claus who had to go to the side where the dark/evil was to retrieve something (maybe gifts) and then maybe deliver them to people, but I can not remember what the mission was about exactly.

This mission would allow us to see the dark/evil side while also having an idea of something that the light/good side normally does, we walked across the school either to the right side of the school or another building connected to the school, and there was a dark/evil entity who controlled this area.

The walls of this area had a strange substance on the walls with maybe egg-like things like the lair of an insect-like alien, some people were probably trapped in one of the rooms where the main dark/evil entity lived, and we probably got attacked by various creatures as we tried to collect objects (maybe gifts) and maybe help save people who were trapped/imprisoned; and the main dark/evil entity attacked us as well but I can not remember what he looked like exactly, and that is all that I can remember of this dream.

The end,

-John Jr


A Dead Hyena-Like Creature + A Woman On The Couch + Sleep Paralysis With Hallucinations = ?

Describing what I experienced before waking up will not be easy, I have lost details due to being awakened paralyzed and in fear, but I can say that I have not quite experienced anything/dream/whatever it was like last night; I remember telling myself that this was probably the scariest dream I have had even though it was not scary at times in the usual sense but more of a freaky Japanese-style horror scary, but at the same time I do not think that I felt that threatened or threatened at all by the woman or what ever she was.

All I can say now is that this description will not do this dream/experience justice and will not accurately describe what I experienced, my limited memory and bad writing skills, and my language of English will not properly describe what I experienced very well; it did not even feel like my dream, or that much like a dream, it was very strange.

I do not remember how it started or what part of the dream this is at, but I remember being in my parent’s yard near where the basketball goal is and someone was in the middle of the yard looking at something; so I went to see what was happening.

I am not sure who or what this person looked like and I can not remember if it was a man or woman, I just remember them looking at a larger than average dead Hyena-like creäture on the ground, and they were trying to investigate what happened to it.

The person said that they thought it was probably killed by another Hyena-like creäture or two, and that its face had been ripped off; the person described a bit about Hyenas or the Hyena-like creatures I think, but that is all that I remember and I think that the person mentioned that another Hyena-like creäture or two could be on the loose so they probably needed to be found before more things or people were killed.

The next thing that I can remember is being in a house that looked exactly like my grandfather’s house, no one else seemed to be there, the place had a strange feeling to it that is hard to describe, I had a strange feeling that is hard to describe, and at this point I do not think it felt like a dream anymore or at least not my dream; I wish I could describe things more clearly but I think that I felt somewhat trapped in this place/dream world & I felt that feeling along with other feelings, but important details are missing from this dream due to the dramatic experience that I had after waking up from this dream.

Anyway, in the house I found out that I was not exactly alone, and I felt and maybe heard and/or saw something/someone a few times.

It looked like a woman, I do not think she talked at first, and I think that she would only appear briefly and then she would disappear like a ghost/spirit/soul/whatever you want to call it.

I felt what I think may/might be described as a feeling of being somewhat locked/trapped into this place/dream world and it was like my mind was cloudy and/or my mind was in a weird state and/or it felt like something was causing me to be somewhat clueless/confused/limited, it is too hard to describe in words, and I felt that something wanted me there/in the dream world and/or for me to stay there/in the dream world and/or something needed my help/needed me maybe, and this place/dream world did not feel like a dream (world) and it did not feel like my dream (world) but the dream (world) or place (world) of someone/something else.

It was like I had stumbled/entered into the dream (world) or place (world) of someone/something else,  I did not feel in control of the dream (world) and I did not feel/have my dream abilities/powers, such as/like being able to wake myself up from a dream, and the place did not feel familiar and/or like the normal dream experience, and it did not feel like a lucid dream.

At some point the spirit or what ever of the woman led me to the family room by appearing and disappearing I think, and on the couch there was the same woman who kept appearing and disappearing even though her real body stayed on the couch, I think her name sounded like it was of Japanese origin or another Asian language of origin maybe; I think it started with something like Suki or Yuki combined with something else, but I could be wrong, I guess that she told me her name and/or I just knew her name somehow, and I think that she explained some things/information/knowledge to me.

As usual in dreams when usually female dream characters or dream characters share hidden/secret/important information/knowledge, I usually forget what was said/shared, unfortunately; I think that the woman had long black hair, that she was older than me, and I think that she looked somewhat like a combination of the stereotype of how an average citizen of Japan or an average citizen of certain other countries in Asia usually look & the stereotype of how a member of a Native American tribe is usually looks.

I am not sure if the woman was dead or dying or in a coma or sleeping; but her body was on the couch, but she was appearing to me and disappearing as a spirit or whatever while her body still remained on the couch; and at first I do not think her spirit or whatever could move and she could only appear briefly and disappear, but she started to slowly be able to appear longer and move and even talk the more we tried to communicate with each other.

At some point in the dream after she told me some things, probably about herself and some other secret information/knowledge, that I can not remember, I walked around the house still feeling weird and probably feeling somewhat scared, not of the woman but of the strong feelings that I was feeling that I can not quite describe.

The feelings of not being in my own dream and/or not being in my own place, and feeling almost trapped in the dream/place of someone/something else and the strange blurry/foggy-like feeling that felt like something was clouding my mind or something, like it was trying to keep me there/in the dream world/place and/or like it was trying to prevent me from controlling things/the dream or prevent me from leaving or prevent me from even thinking of leaving and/or trying to control things/the dream.

At some point I walked into a bathroom and I looked around, the woman appeared to me several times, I could even see her reflection in the mirror at times; and I think that she tried to explain something to me about how the more that she appeared to me & the more that she tried to communicate with me and the more that I tried to communicate with her or something, the longer she could appear to me & the longer she could communicate with me and the more realistic she would be/appear and/or the more attached that I would get to the dream world/place.

It is hard to describe and I am not sure exactly, but I do know that I could start to feel her presence more as the dream progressed and at one point she touched my arm and I could somewhat feel her hand/touch, which was surprising since she was a spirit or whatever.

It was like slowly her spirit or whatever was becoming stronger or being allowed to enter the dream world/place longer and/or in a more realistic way, I was able to see and communicate with her better the longer and more we communicated, but I think that I started feel more trapped/attached in/to the dream world/place as the dream progressed; but I started to feel like that might/may not be a bad thing, it was an odd/strange feeling and it is too hard to describe.

It seemed that it was also getting easier for her to communicate with me the more that she appeared to me & the more that she tried to communicate with me and the more that I tried to communicate with her, after the bathroom conversation, I walked back to the family room to where her real body was laying on the couch.

I think that part of me wanted to know what was going on exactly, what had happened to her, what did she want from me, what could I do to help her, what were the strange feelings I felt, and many more questions; but it was very hard for me to think, it was like something was preventing/limiting me from thinking much/clearly and/or that the longer that I was there, the harder it would get for me to think, maybe.

I think that I also tried to think about the information/knowledge that she told/gave me, which I can not remember now at all, but I think that some of the information/knowledge was about her, some of it may/might have been secret information/knowledge, and some of it may/might have been ancestral information about her family and/or mine; but I do not know or remember, unfortunately.

At some point I heard knocking on the door in the hallway, so I went to answer it and I think that two boys were at the door, or the spirits or whatever of two boys about the age of my brothers D&D.

I let them in and I think that they started looking around the house, I did not know who the boys were and wondered where they came from, where were their parents, and what did they want.

I think that they said a few things to me and then they went into the family room where the woman’s real body was laying on the couch and they may/might have seen her and they may/might have asked some questions, but I am not sure & I can not remember; and I am also not sure if the woman’s spirit or whatever appeared while they were there or not.

At some point the boys either left the house or they went into another part of the house, and I think that I felt that the woman had either sent the boys to the house and/or that the boys were an illusion made by her and/or that she was either trying to test me and/or that she was trying to tell me/show me something using the boys; but I am not sure.

I think/ I am guessing that she wanted me to stay there with her, maybe forever, and/or she wanted me to help her with something and/or that she needed me for something and/or she was just curious about me and/or she was trying to share some information/knowledge with me; and I think that she started to mention something about the two boys that had come, and she may/might have mentioned more about herself, but something woke me up in the real world.

I already had the strange/odd feelings constantly throughout the dream like fear, confusion, curiosity, comfort, et cetera; and so when I woke up I still had some of those feelings, but to my surprise the feelings were even more intense in the real world.

I was paralyzed, I had been awakened by one of my brothers at a bad time, and so my body was paralyzed (sleep paralysis) and I felt the normal intense feelings of fear and et cetera that comes during sleep paralysis; I also had an hallucination, I saw either the missing Hyena-like creäture from the first dream that might have killed the other Hyena-like creäture or it was something that looked like a Huge Hyena-like creäture standing on two feet like a human, and it stuck its head through the opened door of the room and it was looking at my brother & it was smiling with big sharp teeth & it had a Huge Head.

It was very large like the dead Hyena-like creäture earlier in my dream, I was very scared and I tried to get up to attack the Hyena-like creäture and/or to move my brother out-of-the-way so that he would not be attacked by the Hyena-like creäture, but I was still paralyzed; and so I tried to scream to my brother to warn him about the Hyena-like creäture, but I could not talk.

I fought hard trying to move or scream, but the best I could do was make a small sound that my brother did not notice/hear, at this point I was in a panic until I realized that I was experiencing sleep paralysis & so the Hyena-like creäture probably was not real; I have had sleep paralysis a few times before in the past, each time being a scary experience with intense feelings and a feeling of a presence of something/someone being in the room & I am always paralyzed of course and a few times I have had hallucinations like hearing and/or seeing things during the sleep paralysis, and so I knew how to handle the situation at this point.

I just closed my eyes and I tried to relax as my intense feelings started to fade away and I started to be able to move again, and then the Hyena-like creäture slowly started to move its Huge Head with sharp teeth back out of the room where I could no longer see it, while smiling the entire time, until it disappeared I guess.

This dramatic awakening with sleep paralysis is what caused the loss of a lot of the details of this very strange unique dream/experience or whatever, I wish I could have saved those details, so that I could better understand what happened and so that I could have explained it better.

All that I know is that my description of the events did not do a good job of explaining the dream/experience well enough in my opinion, but it was a very strange dream along with a rare awakening that made things even more strange and intense.

Then end,
-John Jr 🙂