It doesn’t matter what company or career you are pursuing, the standard recommendation before any job interview is to get a good night’s sleep the night before. You need a solid eight hours of sleep to maximize focus, cognitive performance, and your ability to handle a stressful situation with confidence. If you’re well rested, you will feel more relaxed, which will allow your answers to come more easily. But on the night before an interview, we often find ourselves too excited or nervous that it makes falling asleep more of a task than it should be. The harder we try to relax and fall asleep, the more difficult sleep becomes.
Check out these helpful tips on how to prepare for sleep the night before a job interview in order to optimize your interview performance.
Give yourself time to wind down before bed
Try to prepare for the interview in the days leading up to it, so you’re not cramming the night before. If you must prepare at the last minute, stop at least one hour before bedtime. Turn off the lights and put away all electronics as the light emitted from our devices suppresses the production of melatonin and decreases our quality of sleep. Get ready for bed calmly and slowly and take a bath to relax your mind or drink a cup of caffeine-free tea.
Create a comfortable sleep environment
Our body temperature begins to drop as it prepares itself for sleep. Keep your room at a cool temperature (between 60-67 degrees) to help aid the process of cooling your body. Be sure to make your bed comfortable as well. If you are constantly fluffing your pillow throughout the night, it might be time for a new one. Similarly, if you’re waking up feeling stiff, numb, or tired, it may be time to replace your mattress.
A foam mattress is a great option for several reasons. While some mattresses heat up as you sleep, foam mattresses actually absorb the heat and allow you to sleep cool. Foam constructed mattresses also provide a true body fit. In response to heat and pressure, foam actively molds to your body. This evenly distributes body weight when occupied and then returns to its original state when pressure is removed. This is also great for body aches, and pains as areas in pain have a slightly higher temperature than the rest of the body. Foam is able to detect these differences and mold to the body accordingly by adding or reducing pressure to the area.
Pick out what you will wear the night before
First impressions are extremely important on a job interview. Before you’ve even had a chance to discuss your skills, you have already been judged based on your clothing and appearance. What you wear to your job interview should show that you have taken the time to look your best and that you are taking the interview seriously. Therefore it is important to have your clothes ready for your big interview well before you go to bed. Try your clothes on the night before and have them laid out and ready that way you’re not rushing around the morning of making sure that they are clean, fit, and pressed.
Fuel your body
After having a good night’s sleep, be sure to have a power breakfast. Go for something that has enough protein for focus, fat for sustained energy, and is a nutritious source of carbohydrates. Adding a fruit or vegetable is also a great way to fuel your day and help your brain feel alive and clear. Scrambled eggs on toast with avocado and chunky salsa is an easy option that takes just minutes to make!
You can set yourself up to do your best on your job interview and make a great impression by preparing well for the content of your job interview, empowering yourself, and getting a good night’s sleep. There are times when it’s easy to overlook the need for quality sleep, but the night before a job interview is definitely not one of them.