The Effect of Aromatherapy on Students’ Sleeping Patterns
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Background Insufficient sleep is a rising concern in physical and mental health among the student population, often affecting academic performance. There is little evidence regarding the use of aromatherapy massage and inhalation on students’ sleeping patterns. Research Question What are the effects of aromatherapy massage and inhalation on students’ sleeping patterns? Method Six participants were involved in a Single-Subject Experimental Design, receiving four weekly aromatherapy massage treatments, together with an aromastick inhalation home care product. Self-assessment measures involved the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Sleep Diaries and Aromastick Frequency Charts, as well participant interviews producing qualitive data, providing a mixed methods approach in this study. Results An improvement in PSQI scores were presented in all participants. The majority of the sleep diary findings presented improvements. Positive responses were produced from participant interviews. Conclusion Findings of the study suggest the use of aromatherapy may be beneficial in students’ sleeping patterns. Further research on a larger sample size would be required to establish the effects of the intervention.
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