The best way to underline that a character has just been through a particularly harrowing experience is to have them wake up in a bed and be told that they've been Asleep for Days. If you want to throw some ShipTease into the scene as well, you can also have the character's LoveInterest sleeping next to his or her bed, [[UnbrokenVigil having exhausted him/herself watching over the sleeping character]]. Often also used to TimeSkip the main character from TheClimax right to the {{Denouement}}.

There is a kernel of TruthInTelevision to this, as recovery from any particularly grievous injury or sickness (or simply fatigue) can occasionally demand [[DeepSleep tens of hours of sleep]]. Sometimes writers can get a little [[ArtisticLicenseBiology off mark]] though, unceremoniously describing characters as having slept for weeks or months on end when such long periods of unconsciousness would most likely get a person admitted to an intensive care unit for coma treatment in RealLife. Even if a character isn't literally unconscious the entire time but was merely bedridden or delirious, they would require extensive rehabilitation due to muscle atrophy before they were able to chase the Big Bad across the world or spring back into action defeating the evil vizier's mooks in hand-to-hand combat again.

A person who cleanly awakens from this without the benefit of a nursing staff and a bedpan is certainly invoking the trope of NobodyPoops.

Usually a form of DeepSleep. When they wake up, they'll likely comment on the UnfamiliarCeiling.

RipVanWinkle is the extended version of this trope.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Saito sleeps for three days after his first duel with Guiche in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''.
* When Kyon [[spoiler:resets the universe]] in ''[[SuzumiyaHaruhi The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', he awakens in a hospital room, having apparently been sleeping away a bad concussion for days. [[spoiler:He finds Haruhi asleep in a sleeping bag next to his bed, having insisted on staying by his side the entire time.]]
* Athena in ''SaintSeiya'' spends most of the series fliping in and out of this state.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy sleeps for three days after defeating Crocodile. After he's told this, he calculates that he missed [[BigEater 15 meals]]. This apparently has been happening to him so constantly he learned to eat whilst unconscious in order to not miss those meals again.
** Zoro, after [[HeroicSacrifice taking in Luffy's pain]], combined with his own injuries against Oz, was asleep for quite a few days.
* Happens to Keroro in the 100th chapter of ''KeroroGunsou'', "The Frog That Lost New Year's", after partying a little too hard on New Year's Eve.
* Happens a few times in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' after major injuries; the longest would probably be Hakkai after Gojyo shoves his guts back in.
* This happens with a bit of frequency in ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', as a result of witches overusing their magic powers. Yvienne, the main character, undergoes it at least three times over the course of the series.
* ''{{Kamichu}}'': Yurie often falls unconscious after overdoing things with her powers; she was once out for days after [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor granting a huge stack of school improvement wishes]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight simultaneously]]''.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Ichigo ends up asleep for a month after [[spoiler:losing his powers]].
* In Manga/{{Claymore}} this happens to Clare twice. First time it was two days after a fight against a particularly strong yoma. The second time she was asleep for a whole week after her first fight against Ophelia.
* This happens to Eren in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', in the aftermath of the battle at Trost. [[spoiler:The exhaustion of using his LovecraftianSuperpower left him unconscious for several days, and every single time he uses it afterwards he falls unconscious for at least a few hours.]]
* This is how the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels" ends: after a pitched battle with an old foe, Spike awakes on the sofa in full-body bandages; Faye, who's been keeping an UnbrokenVigil next to him, informs him that he's been out for three days.
* Alluded to in ''Manga/ShiroiHeyaNoFutari''. After Resine faints during morning assembly, she wakes up in a bed and being watched over by her roommate Simone, who says she's been out for three days. When she panics, Simone laughs and tells her she's really only been out for a minute - she was just teasing Resine.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* A humorous example from ''FoxTrot'' has Paige perform her ritual of sleeping in on the first day of summer vacation. She wakes up around noon on the third day.
* Spider in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' got knocked out, came to and demanded a machine so he could write a promised column, and was told he'd been out for four days. Yelena goes on to say that she'd written it for him and submitted it, flinching as she expected his wrath. He kisses her on the forehead instead and thanks her.
* Occurs fairly often in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', either due to surviving a grueling journey or encounters with poisons, monsters, and demons.
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[[folder: FanFiction]]
* In 'Blessing in Disguise' Peter awakes in a hospital bed after five days of being in a coma, and proceed to FreakOut when he found that he was [[spoiler:now a girl]].
* In [[RescuingDara Rescuing Dara]], the titular Dara sleeps for 3 days straight after her kidnapper drugs her with Sleep Seeds.
* In the Chobits MegaCrossover(?) [[FanFic/EternalFlowers Eternal Flowers]], Amber Lee-Young collapses into this trope from magical exhaustion after battling an [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain opposing mage]] named Kupari.
* Agumon enters one at the end of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7623289/1/ Transcendence: Digital Curse]]. One of the first thing he says upon waking?
-->'''Agumon:''' Sooooo hungry.
* Done to the point almost of being a RunningGag in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', given how often Nav seems to find himself knocked out for prolonged periods of time.
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[[folder: Film -- Animated]]
* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin sleeps for three days after being severely wounded in a fight with the BigBad. He's distressed to find that this is the case, because it means he might be too late to save the day, and demands [[HealthFood large amounts of food]] so he can get his strength back quickly.
* In the movie version of ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' Hiccup wakes up several days after the final battle with Toothless watching over him.
** ...And then is so excited that Hiccup is finally awake that he bounds around the room, one of his leaps being on Hiccup's stomach. This is funny when a twelve-pound cat does it. Toothless, I'm willing to bet, weighs a heck of a lot more than twelve pounds.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In ''MysteryScienceTheater3000: TheMovie'', Crow jokes that the departure of [[ThisIslandEarth Cal Meachum]] prompts Joe to sleep off his depression: "I'm gonna curl up in his sock drawer and sleep for days."
* In ''Film/{{In Harms Way}}'', Admiral Rockwell Torrey is badly wounded in a sea battle and wakes up in a hospital ship next to his love, Maggie Haynes, as head nurse. (Who, somehow, always seems to be assigned to where he is.)
* In the first ''Film/HarryPotter'' movie, Oliver Wood tells Harry he was knocked out for a week after taking a Bludger to the head during his first Quidditch game.
* Jason after his [[spoiler: gunshot wound]] in ''MysteryTeam''; this is merely implied.
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', we see Batman get gassed by Crane and his men, and he calls Alfred for help before he passes out. When Bruce wakes up, Alfred informs him that he's been out for a couple of days and it's his birthday, and Fox has been working hard during this time synthesizing an antidote for Crane's toxin.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'', the Doctor's [[HeartTrauma heart]] [[AndShowItToYou is torn]] [[OrganTheft out]]. ([[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow It's okay]], he has [[BizarreAlienBiology another one]].) He consequently sleeps for a week, and wakes up still visibly wounded but mostly healed, with his friends by his bedside and "an enormous smile on his face".
* Happens to Frodo twice in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': once in Rivendell, and once after being rescued from Mount Doom.
* During his encounter with Quirrell at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Harry falls unconscious and wakes up in the hospital wing three days later. [[TropesAreTools As a tool]], Rowling uses this to cut straight to the {{Denouement}}.
* In ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Shatterglass]]'', Tris exhausts her store of magical power (not such a great idea, btw) and as a result sleeps for a week. Literally. This is pretty consistent across both of Creator/TamoraPierce's universes - exhaust your magic, and fall asleep for quite awhile.
* Alanna is konked out for a long while after the river battle in the first ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' book. It happens again after she gets the Dominion Jewel in the last book.
* In ''[[Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness Trickster's Choice]]'', Kyprioth keeps Aly asleep for five days, then again for three more in ''Trickster's Queen''.
* At the beginning of the book ''Force 10 From Navarone'', Miller tells the bosun of the ship they had just boarded after escaping from Navarone to not wake them until they reached Cairo. The bosun points out that they won't reach Cairo for another two days. Miller replies "I know."
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Miranda passes out before they reach the North Pole and sleeps for three days. Mab wishes she could have slept one more.
* Occurs a couple of times in {{Mistborn}}, when Vin uses pewter to compensate for fatal blood loss.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss sleeps for days after getting stung by tracker jackers.
* Happens to Harry more than once in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', usually after climactic combat sequences in novels like ''Literature/DeadBeat'' and ''Literature/{{Changes}}''. This results from Harry becoming an insomniac for the duration of the book as he scrambles to be meet the present dire threat in time. Usually someone such as [[TrueCompanions Murphy]] or [[ThickerThanWater Thomas]], keeps an eye on him while he's out.
* Happens to Rachel of ''TheHollows'' in one book, Al mentions ah....having to cast a spell on her to ah, [[NobodyPoops clean her up]] while she's sleeping. Other trope, averted.
* In ''TheLostYearsOfMerlin'' this happens practically [[OnePerEpisode Once Per Book]]. The last book is particularly notable: Merlin passes out while on a very strict deadline, since Fincayra is going to be invaded by [[BigBad Rhita Gawr]] in just a few days. He wakes up to notice the sun has barely moved and is relieved that he was only out for about an hour...only to discover it was more like twenty-five.
* In ''EndersGame'' [[spoiler: Ender basically sleeps through the entire war over possession of himself. He is heavily exhausted and traumatized by his ordeal of exterminating the Buggers.]]
* In the sixth book of ''Literature/VenusPrime'', Forster's crew spends several months in an induced sleep.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Inverted on ''Series/TheATeam'' whenever they drugged BA in order to fly anywhere. They would tell him he's been asleep for two days and they had driven the whole way.
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[[folder: Mythology]]
* Towards the end of the epic of Gilgamesh, he was challenged to go without sleep for seven days and six nights as the first trial in proving he was worthy of godhood. Instead he ended up ''sleeping'' the seven days, with his host's wife baking a loaf of bread and leaving it by his side every day he slept as proof. Gilgamesh was then told that if he couldn't conquer sleep, he had no chance of conquering death.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' ramps this UpToEleven, with Laharl planning for a ten-day "nap" and being asleep for two YEARS. [[spoiler: He had help, though.]]
* ''Portal2'' also takes it UpToEleven, with Chell apparently being asleep for many years after the events of the first Portal. Well, actually the computer that tells her how long she's been snoozing for glitches out, but we can clearly see that [[spoiler: the Test Chambers have become a CrapsackWorld and some [[WordofGod Word of Gabe Newell]] says that it takes place way after Portal.]]
* Used in both ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games. In the first, the PlayerCharacter was injured while fleeing in an EscapePod which crashed. S/he has been "in and out of consciousness for days" with Carth watching over them and tending to their wounds. The EstrogenBrigade ''really'' liked the scene. The second, like everything else in the game, is more sinister. [[spoiler: The HK-50 unit poisoned the Exile, killed everyone else, and was waiting for G0-T0 to show up and collect the unconscious Jedi]].
* Celes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has been asleep for a whole year taken in care by Cid after [[spoiler: Kefka tore the world apart.]]
* Tifa in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has been asleep for a week following the escape from the crater and the impact from the [=WEAPONs=]. She and Barret are awaited for execution in Junon.
* In ''{{Persona 3}}'', the main character's awakening to their Persona ability puts him/her out for a week.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series
** Sora is put into a coma at the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', and does not wake up until the end of the prologue in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', which is set almost a year later. [[spoiler: He also, tragically, ends up asleep for at most a few days at the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''.]]
** His Nobody, Roxas, spends three weeks in a coma as a result of Sora's own coma in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', and is looked after by Xion. Soon, near the end of the game [[spoiler: Xion herself]] falls into a coma for a few days.
** Of course, the character who spends the longest amount of time in this state is Ventus, who's been comatose for [[spoiler:twelve years as of [=KH3D=], though he seems to be slowly waking up, as the post-credit cutscenes imply]]. He also spends a few days in a coma after [[spoiler: having his darkness removed by Master Xehanort to create Vanitas]], where he was looked after by Aqua.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'', Clank is taken away by the Zoni and is revealed to be in a coma in the downloadable sequel, ''Quest for Booty''. He spends two years in it, under the "care" of [[{{BigBad}} Dr. Nefarious]], who spends all this time trying to hack into his brain to access the Orvus Chamber. He even get a chance to gloat over a sleeping Clank's status.
-->'''Dr. Nefarious:''' Ah, my arch nemesis. *Bangs on Clank's head* [[LargeHam NOT SO SMART NOW, ARE YOU!?]]
* Hero in ''DragonQuestV'' escapes from ten years of slavery to build a temple high above the mountains by using a barrel and drifted to another continent. He wakes up in Heaven's Above Abbey after asleep for five days.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* In ''NipAndTuck'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00613.html the effect of the medicine.]]
* In another R.H. Junior example, ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', Quentyn gets a couple days' sleep on two occasions after physically traumatic feats of heroism.
* In [[RescuingDara Rescuing Dara]], the titular Dara sleeps for 3 days straight after her kidnapper drugs her with Sleep Seeds.
* in ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2757 played with here]] as God nags {{Jesus}} to rise from the dead, starting with the observation that he's been out cold for three days.
* Baam from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' was out for 5 days after his 1-on-1 with Hwa Ryun.
* In ''DragonMango'', [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter07/dm07-67.htm Mango sleeps for two days, recovering.]]
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
-->'''Danny:''' What happened?
-->'''Tucker:''' [[PostVictoryCollapse You passed out]]. We took you home. You've been asleep for four days.
-->'''Danny:''' Four days?!
-->'''Tucker:''' ''(laughs)'' [[SubvertedTrope Nah, it's only been a couple hours]].
* After her failed attempt to rescue the pixies from Lord Darkar at the beginning of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Aisha was asleep for four days.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Aang is actually ''killed'' by Azula's lightning bolt before being revived by Katara's [[MacGuffin magic spirit water]] and was out so long that his hair had enough time to grow back. He definitely isn't well when he first wakes up, and only Katara's extensive [[HealingHands healing]] lets him recover so quickly.
* In the famous "Wizard" music video from ''TheLooneyTunesShow,'' Daffy wakes up from his dream and Bugs tells him that he's been asleep for three days.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleine-Levin_syndrome Kleine-Levin Syndrome]], although in this case the cause isn't stress or injury.
* Some centenarians, particularly those who make it to 110 and over, tend to sleep for a few days at a time as they get on towards the end.
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