Hi all. This November I am auditioning for the Bluecoats drum and bugle corps. Considering the skill level of the group, the audition material is relatively extensive and difficult, and they get a large turnout of auditionees every year. Due to these factors, I've been practicing the material pretty much daily since this past May. Before, I had practiced usually 4-5 times a week, and now it's uncommon if I DON'T play 7 days a week. Due to my enhanced practice schedule, and the fact that I am playing the audition material every day, I have developed a lot more awareness with my instrument.
Here's my question; There have been times where I feel that I oversleep. I wake up really late on a weekend and my whole body just feels out of it. (Weird, since you'd think more sleep = better rested) Along with my body, my lips just don't feel right. It's not often at all, but often enough to where I have noticed it. I'm not sure how to explain the lip feeling really.. maybe "rubbery"...and I just can't get them to function how they normally would/ they don't feel normal. At first I thought it was dehydration, but it happens regardless of how hydrated I am, I've made sure of that. This brings me to two other possible factors. Chapstick or oversleeping. I use chopsaver after every practice session and then apply chapstick before I go to bed. I know that this is really kind of a far fetched, and maybe personal issue, but I was wondering if anyone could relate/ had any insight on this? If not, I guess a doctors visit is in my near future, since that would allude to it being a "me" problem. Whether it be oversleeping, chapstick, or something else, it'd be awesome to figure out what's going on here. Thanks!