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* "Paranoimia" by the Art of Noise features Series/MaxHeadroom monologuing about trying to get to sleep.


* The ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'' episode "The Bunny Flop" combines this with a SleepDepravation plot. The night before the Queen and the White Rabbit are scheduled to appear on a live TV talk show, the White Rabbit is too full of StageFright to sleep. The next day he's exhausted and wants to take a nap before the show, but the Queen sends him searching through all of Wonderland for her missing shoe, so he has no time. He ends up dozing through the talk show.

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* The ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'' episode "The Bunny Flop" combines this with a SleepDepravation SleepDeprivation plot. The night before the Queen and the White Rabbit are scheduled to appear on a live TV talk show, the White Rabbit is too full of StageFright to sleep. The next day he's exhausted and wants to take a nap before the show, but the Queen sends him searching through all of Wonderland for her missing shoe, so he has no time. He ends up dozing through the talk show.

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* The ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'' episode "The Bunny Flop" combines this with a SleepDepravation plot. The night before the Queen and the White Rabbit are scheduled to appear on a live TV talk show, the White Rabbit is too full of StageFright to sleep. The next day he's exhausted and wants to take a nap before the show, but the Queen sends him searching through all of Wonderland for her missing shoe, so he has no time. He ends up dozing through the talk show.

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* ''Literature/LittleCritter'': ''Goodnight, Little Critter'' has Little Sister not being able to sleep and waking up Little Critter about it. HilarityEnsues as Little Critter tries to get her to go to sleep and succeeds...only to be unable to get to sleep himself!
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* On ''{{Series/MASH}}'' in the episode "Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde", where Hawkeye winds up going 3 days without sleep (lots of casualties plus his own inability to sleep between surgical shifts). He was even ''ordered'' to go to bed and responded with "not now, I need a little sleep".
** In "No Sweat" a heat wave means that no-one can get to sleep. Charles spends the entire night organising his tax returns, only for someone to helpfully turn on a fan full-blast when he's finally got them sorted. Meanwhile Colonel Potter takes a powerful sleeping pill, so HilarityEnsues whenever someone tries to wake him up to get something authorised.

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* On ''{{Series/MASH}}'' in the episode ''{{Series/MASH}}''
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"Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde", where Hawkeye winds up going 3 days without sleep (lots of casualties plus his own inability to sleep between surgical shifts). He was even ''ordered'' to go to bed and responded with "not now, I need a little sleep".
** In "No Sweat" a heat wave means that Sweat", no-one can get to sleep.sleep during an intense heatwave. Charles spends the entire night organising his tax returns, only for someone to helpfully turn on a fan full-blast when he's finally got them sorted. Meanwhile Colonel Potter takes a powerful sleeping pill, so HilarityEnsues whenever someone tries to wake him up to get something authorised.

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** In "No Sweat" a heat wave means that no-one can get to sleep. Charles spends the entire night organising his tax returns, only for someone to helpfully turn on a fan full-blast when he's finally got them sorted. Meanwhile Colonel Potter takes a powerful sleeping pill, so HilarityEnsues whenever someone tries to wake him up to get something authorised.

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* ''The Manly Bee'' has "Bad Dream Machine", all thanks to the villain using the titular machine to wake everybody up in the middle of the night.


* An episode of the ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' had this as its plot. After [[PutOnABus Kate married a Navy pilot and moved with him to a base in Guam,]] drew goes several nights without sleep because every time he does, [[TheLostLenore he dreams about her leaving.]] It gets to the point where it seriously starts to affect his daily life, and eventually his [[ObnoxiousInLaws sister in-law,]][[SitcomArchNemesis Mimi,]] takes him to a junkyard brandishing a shotgun, Drew thinks she'll finally put him down, but she gives him another shotgun, and explains that [[PetTheDog she felt so sorry for him, she had to do something.]] After [[EpiphanyTherapy shooting some garbage, Drew goes home and comes to the realization that he and Kate were not meant to be together and that he has to move on,]] and finally gets some much needed sleep.

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* An episode of the ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' had this as its plot. After [[PutOnABus Kate married a Navy pilot and moved with him to a base in Guam,]] drew Drew goes several nights without sleep because every time he does, [[TheLostLenore he dreams about her leaving.]] It gets to the point where it seriously starts to affect his daily life, and eventually his [[ObnoxiousInLaws sister in-law,]][[SitcomArchNemesis Mimi,]] takes him to a junkyard brandishing a shotgun, Drew thinks she'll finally put him down, but she gives him another shotgun, and explains that [[PetTheDog she felt so sorry for him, she had to do something.]] After [[EpiphanyTherapy shooting some garbage, Drew goes home and comes to the realization that he and Kate were not meant to be together and that he has to move on,]] and finally gets some much needed sleep.


SleepDeprivation is a supertrope.

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SleepDeprivation is a supertrope. Compare GettingReadyForBedPlot and SleepAesop.

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* An episode of the ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' had this as its plot. After [[PutOnABus Kate married a Navy pilot and moved with him to a base in Guam,]] drew goes several nights without sleep because every time he does, [[TheLostLenore he dreams about her leaving.]] It gets to the point where it seriously starts to affect his daily life, and eventually his [[ObnoxiousInLaws sister in-law,]][[SitcomArchNemesis Mimi,]] takes him to a junkyard brandishing a shotgun, Drew thinks she'll finally put him down, but she gives him another shotgun, and explains that [[PetTheDog she felt so sorry for him, she had to do something.]] After [[EpiphanyTherapy shooting some garbage, Drew goes home and comes to the realization that he and Kate were not meant to be together and that he has to move on,]] and finally gets some much needed sleep.



SleepDeprivation is a supertrope.



* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', 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. Bernadette tells him [[FridgeLogic he would probably be able to solve it if he wasn't so sleep-deprived]], but he doesn't listen.
** A later episode, "The Anxiety Optimization", has a similar plot, with Sheldon raising his anxiety levels in an attempt to optimize his performance. Again, he ends up sleep deprived and hallucinating about armadillos.

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* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
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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. Bernadette tells him [[FridgeLogic he would probably be able to solve it if he wasn't so sleep-deprived]], but he doesn't listen.
** A later episode, "The Anxiety Optimization", has a similar plot, with Sheldon raising his anxiety levels in an attempt to optimize his performance. Again, he ends up sleep deprived and hallucinating about armadillos.



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had an episode titled ''The One Where They're Up All Night''. It's the one where no one sleeps. They start looking at some comet, then Joey and Ross become trapped on the roof, Chandler can't sleep and keeps Monica up, Phoebe is disturbed by a beeping fire alarm and Rachel and Tag went to the office to see whether they had mailed some papers.
* On the ''Series/LazyTown'' episode "Sleepless in Lazy Town" Pixel has been tired lately because he's deprived himself of sleep to play video games all night, until Sportacus tells him that a goods night's sleep every night is another thing needed to stay healthy and be active during the day. When Robbie Rotten gets word of this he deprives Sportacus of all sleep so he has no energy to play in the town's big baseball game.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had an episode titled ''The One Where They're Up All Night''. It's the one where no one sleeps. They start looking at some comet, then Joey and Ross become trapped on the roof, Chandler can't sleep and keeps Monica up, Phoebe is disturbed by a beeping fire alarm and Rachel and Tag went to the office to see whether they had mailed some papers.
* On the ''Series/LazyTown''
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episode "Sleepless in Lazy Town" Pixel has been tired lately because he's deprived himself of sleep to play video games all night, until Sportacus tells him that a goods night's sleep every night is another thing needed to stay healthy and be active during the day. When Robbie Rotten gets word of this he deprives Sportacus of all sleep so he has no energy to play in the town's big baseball game.



* ''Series/TheOC'': Ryan in "The Sleeping Beauty".

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* The aptly titled ''Franchise/{{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.

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* The aptly titled ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' ''Series/{{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.


** The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoons "Early To Bed" and "Drip-Drippy Donald". In those cases it isn't that Donald has insomnia as such, it's that external factors (a BearTrapBed, a [[DrippingDisturbance dripping faucet]]) won't let him sleep.

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** The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoons "Early To Bed" and "Drip-Drippy Donald". In those cases it isn't that Donald has insomnia as such, it's that external factors (a BearTrapBed, MurphysBed, a [[DrippingDisturbance dripping faucet]]) won't let him sleep.


* On ''{{Series/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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* On ''{{Series/MASH}}'' this happened with in the episode "Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde", where Hawkeye a few times. winds up going 3 days without sleep (lots of casualties plus his own inability to sleep between surgical shifts). He was even ''ordered'' to go to bed and responded with "not now, I need a little sleep".

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* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePrincess'' has the episode "I Don't Want to Go to Bed", in which the Princess cannot sleep, due to first not feeling tired, then being thirsty, then needing to pee, then believing there's [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight a monster in her room]], then being lonely, then being kept awake by the maid's snoring.

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