Effects of lavender aroma on sleep quality in healthy Japanese students.

Percept Mot Skills. 2012 Feb;114(1):111-22.

Author Information: Hirokawa K1, Nishimoto T, Taniguchi T. 1 Department of Nursing, Baika Women's University, Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan. k-umi@umin.ac.jp

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.