There is a computer game called "Silence of the sleep" and I wonder, why "the sleep"? How would you understand it without the article (and do you understand it now?)

In addition I was searching in the dictionary and found that when the sleep refers to a period of sleeping, it is used as a singular countable noun:

I had a little sleep in the afternoon.
She was woken from a deep sleep by a ring at the door.

But I simply cannot tell the difference between the mass noun sleep:

I didn’t get much sleep last night.
Her eyes were red through lack of sleep.


It's a game title (Silence of the Sleep), not something used in a regular sentence.

From Steam (emphasis mine):

You play as a man called Jacob Reeves. A man who has lost his reason to live. He throws himself into a blackness to end his misery, but instead of it being the end he wakes up without a memory of his life before.

Barring further research into the game itself, I'm going to assume that this period of blackness is being referred to as the Sleep in the game title.

So, not only is sleep being used as a countable noun here, but the game title refers to a specific instance of sleep—one the main character wakes up from with amnesia. As such, it uses the definite article.

  • Thanks, I think I understand. Would you be so kind and look into the other part of my question?
    – John V
    Sep 17 '18 at 7:48
  • @user970696 I don't understand the second part of your question beyond what you've already provided examples of. When it's a mass noun, it refers to the general condition; when it's a countable noun, it refers to one or more events. Sep 17 '18 at 7:56

Notice that the name is "Silence of the Sleep", with a capital S in Sleep. I haven't found a full description of the game but Sleep may be a group of people, a dragon, another world or whatever. It's a proper noun.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, I think that this is the meaning used in your context.


used to say that the particular person or thing being mentioned is the best, most famous, etc. In this use, "the" is usually given strong pronunciation:

Harry's Bar is the place to go.
You don't mean you met the Will Smith (= the film star), do you?

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