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What It Takes to Hold Your Breath for 24 Minutes (Yeah, It’s a Thing)

 

When Aleix Segura holds his breath, he thinks about his heart. On land, the focus causes his heart rate to increase—but underwater, it has the opposite effect. "Once my muscles are relaxed and my heart has slowed down, I kind of just … disconnect," says the world champion breath-holder. Sometimes, he relaxes so completely that he falls asleep.

 

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