Created By: spyergirl4 on November 1, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on March 6, 2013
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Insomnia Episode

An episode or installment of a series revolving around a character with insomnia

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin, an episode or installment of a TV show, movie series, etc. that deals with a major character having insomnia. The plot almost always revolves around the character and his or her friends trying to find a way to resolve the problem, although sometimes it also revolves around the insomniac character refusing to accept his or her friends' help as they go about something they consider to be of vital importance. If Played for Laughs, expect the insomniac character to race around doing all sorts of crazy things while the other characters get increasingly fed up.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • On The Big Bang Theory, in one episode Sheldon is unable to sleep as long as he's left a specific science problem, one he's having a lot of trouble with, unsolved. Over the course of the episode he steals peas, then makes diagrams with marbles, and when those are not big enough he breaks into a generic Chuck E Cheese type place to use the balls from the ball pit.
  • In one episode of Family Ties, Alex is unable to sleep, even when his family offers various ways that usually help them sleep.
  • On one episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Sarah is put in a sleep ward when she has been unable to sleep for two straight weeks. Subverted when at the end of the episode we find out that the sleep ward plotline was All Just a Dream, which she was having while being held captive by a man she had shot earlier in the series, although it is hinted that she was still having sleep problems before this.
  • There is an episode of Two and a Half Men where Alan has trouble sleeping and visits a psychologist to hilarious effect.
  • The aptly titled Emergency! episode "Insomnia", where John just can't get to sleep during a run of night shifts, and becomes convinced he'll be able to sleep after they get a nighttime call. At the end of the episode, the station does get a nighttime call, but not for the rescue squad. Not to be discouraged, John grabs onto the rear handhold of the leaving fire engine and falls asleep on his feet.
  • Friends had an episode titled The One Where No One Sleeps. It's the one where no one sleeps.
  • On M*A*S*H this happened with Hawkeye a few times. He was even ordered to go to bed and responded with "not now, I need a little sleep."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Madison from Heavy Rain suffers from chronic insomnia, which we mainly see in a paranoid delirium episode early in her arc.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Zimmy doesn't sleep. When infected with the spiders around Zimmy's mind, Jack Hyland also becomes sleepless for a short while, and gets more and more mentally unstable until Zimmy finally removes them.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
  • The Siblings episode "Don't Sleep, Robby!".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
  • The The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "Rock-A-Bye Pooh" had Piglet unable to go to sleep, due to a bad dream that he had where he lost his friends while they were going on a picnic. Pooh, Rabbit, and Tigger then work hard using different methods to try to get Piglet to go back to sleep, but to no success, until a storm blows up to which Piglet's dream does sort of come to reality. Fortunately for him, he's reunited with his friends in the end and he is able to sleep at night again.
  • In the Arthur episode "Sleep No More", Buster is picked as one of the contestants to compete in an All-You-Can-Eat Pizza contest, but he finds that he cannot sleep because of pizza-related dreams that continuously plague him. There, he meets up with other contestants who also cannot sleep due to the excitement of the contest. Because of this, the contest is cancelled until everyone can get a good night's sleep.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Nightmares and Daydreams.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show, "Insomniac Ren".
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Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • November 2, 2012
    Koveras
    • Madison from Heavy Rain suffers from chronic insomnia, which we mainly see in a paranoid delirium episode early in her arc.
  • November 2, 2012
    TonyG
  • November 2, 2012
    saintdane05
    • Happens as a filler in Smallville, right before the final battle with the Big Bad. Zatana gives the crew a magically spiked Champaign for Clark and Lois's wedding, and we get some waaacky results. How strange? Green Arrow in drag!
  • November 2, 2012
    CaveCat
    • The The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh episode "Rock-A-Bye Pooh" had Piglet unable to go to sleep, due to a bad dream that he had where he lost his friends while they were going on a picnic. Pooh, Rabbit, and Tigger then work hard using different methods to try to get Piglet to go back to sleep, but to no success, until a storm blows up to which Piglet's dream does sort of come to reality. Fortunately for him, he's reunited with his friends in the end and he is able to sleep at night again.
    • In the Arthur episode "Sleep No More", Buster is picked as one of the contestants to compete in an All-You-Can-Eat Pizza contest, but he finds that he cannot sleep because of pizza-related dreams that continuously plague him. There, he meets up with other contestants who also cannot sleep due to the excitement of the contest. Because of this, the contest is cancelled until everyone can get a good night's sleep.
  • November 2, 2012
    Sligh_Br
    There is an episode of Two And A Half Men where Alan has trouble sleeping and visits a psychologist to hilarious effect.
  • November 3, 2012
    Koveras
  • November 3, 2012
    Riddler
    Avatar The Last Airbender. Nightmares and Daydreams.
  • November 3, 2012
    TheHomaDude
    The Siblings episode "Don't Sleep, Robby!".
  • November 3, 2012
    TonyG
    The Ren And Stimpy Show, "Insomniac Ren".
  • November 3, 2012
    Khantalas
    • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Zimmy doesn't sleep. When infected with the spiders around Zimmy's mind, Jack Hyland also becomes sleepless for a short while, and gets more and more mentally unstable until Zimmy finally removes them.
  • November 3, 2012
    StarSword
    TV:
    • The aptly titled Emergency episode "Insomnia", where John just can't get to sleep during a run of night shifts, and becomes convinced he'll be able to sleep after they get a nighttime call. At the end of the episode, the station does get a nighttime call, but not for the rescue squad. Not to be discouraged, John grabs onto the rear handhold of the leaving fire engine and falls asleep on his feet.

    Ain't IMDB grand? I couldn't remember whether it was DeSoto or Gage, and had no way to know the episode title.

    Also, I think the guy who suggested that Smallville example was looking for a different trope, possibly What Did I Do Last Night. Insomnia wasn't mentioned once.
  • November 3, 2012
    spyergirl4
    Star Sword: Thanks. I've never seen Smallville, so I wasn't sure. I'll remove it.
  • November 3, 2012
    surgoshan
    • Friends had an episode titled The One Where No One Sleeps. It's the one where no one sleeps.
  • December 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    On MASH this happened with Hawkeye a few times. He was even ordered to go to bed and responded with "not now, I need a little sleep."
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