Breathing apparently is important!
OK, so for the next 5 days at least we are in need of something to take some attention!
We have done Nasal breathing before, but this time we're going to do it a little differently: instead of working it more in a stressed environment (when we are training) are going to look to see the benefits of in a parasympathetic environment, in this case - sleeping!
Disclaimer, be careful! Don't tape too tightly etc, I've experimented with this quite a bit over the last few weeks and didn't have any issues arise. The one thing I would consider is if you're a heavy mouth breather, potentially try a few smaller sessions throughout the day of mouth taping, because I found after my first night the airways in my nose were a little sore. Then after a day or so give it a go at night. So what we will be looking to do is tape our mouth during our sleep.
Now there are some for and against whether this has many benefits from experts in the field, however, I figure why not!? If you already have good breathing patterns and it doesn't change much, no problem. Hopefully, we find some people who get some nice sleep & recovery and/or performance benefits.
How to do it: simply before you go to sleep, tape your mouth shut with some micropore tape. This tape comes off easily if needed, but stays on enough to keep your mouth closed even when you might normally open it. I got a pretty decent roll from a chemist for about $6 from memory.
The foundation of CrossFit is being observable, measurable, and repeatable. So we will complete two different tests before your first night with the tape and then at the end of the month. The videos are linked below. Do the first video (BOLT test) first, rest 5 or so minutes then do the second video (Maximum Breathlessness Test) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scy-_hWLAr0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnjl_ZgqC4k If you want to follow along with some others participating along the way or have any questions, join this WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/F1rC9TmpMusK18ReRhVabu