Today I was reading this article, “Cheating Ourselves of Sleep.” In addition to the multitude of health problems associated with lack of sleep, there are also mental challenges as well.
Some of the most insidious effects of too little sleep involve mental processes like learning, memory, judgment and problem-solving. During sleep, new learning and memory pathways become encoded in the brain, and adequate sleep is necessary for those pathways to work optimally. People who are well rested are better able to learn a task and more likely to remember what they learned.
I know how stressful job search can be, and I hear clients talk about how it even keeps them awake at night sometimes!
Let me encourage you right now to take care of yourself and your health as a TOP PRIORITY during this time. You can not be at an optimum level if you’re combating sleep deprivation.
With insufficient sleep, thinking slows, it is harder to focus and pay attention, and people are more likely to make poor decisions and take undue risks.
And that is definitely not the impression you want to be giving during the interview process.