Tomorrow is the interview you have been waiting for. You have the perfect thing to wear, you’ve prepared for a myriad of interview questions, and you’ve brushed up on how to overcome any bad habits that might deter your interviewer from offering you the job of a lifetime.
Still, there is one more thing of vital importance you need to do before your interview in the morning, which is getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is vital to our overall well-being so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that being well rested before you interview is especially important.
After you have laid out your clothes, planned the route you will take to the interview location, and printed out extra copies of your resume, it is time to go to bed
1. Sleep is good for you
The benefits one gets when sleeping are unmistakable. Your memory will improve greatly, your concentration will become more precise, and your creativity will be sparked anew. These new found qualities are assets when preparing for a job interview.
We realize that an interview is the exact type of thing that can cause anxiety, which can be a thief of sleep for most people. Here are some ways we have found that could help you drift off to slumberland and enable you to have a restful night.
2. Get your bed ready
You may be lucky enough to own a good mattress like the Zenhaven, where great sleep is easy, or you may be in need of a new mattress, another reason you want to land this interview.
Either way, you have to make the best of your sleeping area and the night before an interview by allowing low lights, comfortable bedding, and a room free of distractions like televisions, laptops, tablets, and cellular phones.
3. Begin to unwind
Thirty minutes before you are set to get tino bed it might be a good idea to shut off any devices you might be using and just sit with your thoughts. You can use the time to practice your answers to some standard interview questions but don’t think about it too much. At this point, you should be well prepared and it is the time to relax.
You can meditate in a chair for a few minutes paying close attention to your breath as it goes in and out of your body. Sit up straight and push anything out of your mind that might linger in there while you are trying to fall asleep.
4. Have a healthy snack
There are schools of thought about eating before bed, some say it is a bad idea while others claim that if the snack is healthy the results will be healthy. This decision is up to you. It is common for people to feel a bit of drowsiness after eating due to the rise in insulin.
Of course, filling up on a bowl of pasta or pizza isn’t a snack exactly. You don’t want to be sluggish and find it hard to wake up in the morning. Something light should suffice, like cheese and whole grain crackers or an apple with peanut butter. Just enough to get the insulin up and the eyelids closed.
5. Time for temperature
When it comes to the temperature of your bedroom the best selection would fall under the “Goldilocks rule”, which is “just right.” If the room is too hot you will find yourself tossing and turning attempting to find a comfortable position and if it is too cold you will spend most of the night trying to warm yourself.
Authorities in the world of sleep find that the perfect temperature to keep a room is between 65 and 75 degrees. In between these ten degrees sits comfort that will ensure you sleep peacefully.
6. Scents can help
Certain aromas like chamomile, ylang-ylang, and lavender are able to ignite the relaxation centers of your brain. You can put a few drops of oil on a paper towel and slip it under your pillow case, or you can mix the oil drops with water in a spray bottle and mist it directly to your pillow.
There are many ways to introduce oils and scents into your bedroom. Find one that works for you and let the essence of scents help you drift away to dreamland.
7. Let the ocean guide you
No, this is not a suggestion to move by the ocean. There are machines available that can create a nice sleep noise for you, like waves in the distance or just static. White noise machines not only offer a steady cadence that soothes your Circadian Rhythms, they mask other noises around your house so you don’t get distracted.
Read the book you’ve been wanting to start or the magazine article you’ve been meaning to finish. Reading at bedtime has helped a number of people fall asleep so it just might work for you.
When selecting your reading materials it would be wise to choose something that is easy to put down and easy on the mind, no need to read about heavy news items when you want to rest well and wake up refreshed.
And don’t forget to set your alarm. If you are late for the interview it won’t matter how well rested you are.