TITLE

EFFECTS OF LAVENDER AROMA ON SLEEP QUALITY IN HEALTHY JAPANESE STUDENTS

AUTHOR(S)
HIROKAWA, KUMI; NISHIMOTO, TAKASHI; TANIGUCHI, TOSHIYO
PUB. DATE
February 2012
SOURCE
Perceptual & Motor Skills;Feb2012, Vol. 114 Issue 1, p111
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This single-blind randomized study investigated the effectiveness of lavender aroma on quality of sleep in healthy Japanese students. The data of seven participants (2 men, 5 women) in the intervention group and eight participants (3 men, 5 women) in the control group were analyzed (M age = 19.0 yr., SD = 0.9). The total procedure comprised 3 days for pre-intervention assessment, 5 days for the intervention, and 3 days for post-intervention assessment. Lavender exposure was compared with the absence of lavender (control). Information regarding the relaxing effect of aromas was provided to examine expectancy effects. Results showed that lavender aroma improved sleepiness at awakening after the intervention. Sex differences and daily variation in quality of sleep during the intervention period were not observed. The findings suggest that nighttime exposure to lavender aroma relieves sleepiness at awakening.
ACCESSION #
74993095

 

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