The Effect of Lavender Oil on Sleep Quality and Vital Signs in Palliative Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

Yıldırım D., Kocatepe V. , Can G., Sulu E., Akış H., Şahin G., ...More

Complementary medicine research, vol.27, pp.328-335, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000507319
  • Title of Journal : Complementary medicine research
  • Page Numbers: pp.328-335
  • Keywords: Aromatherapy, Palliative care, Lavender, Vital signs, Sleep problems, AROMATHERAPY, FATIGUE, ANXIETY, PEOPLE, UNIT


Background:This study was conducted to determine the effect of lavender oil on sleep quality and vital signs in palliative care patients.Methods:We examined 68 patients in a palliative care unit. Vital signs of all the patients were assessed, and also their sleep quality was evaluated using the Richards-Campbell Sleep Questionnaire. Lavender was applied to patients in the experimental group. During the intervention, vital signs of the patients were monitored at 4-h intervals throughout the night, and sleep quality was evaluated during the morning. The same evaluation processes were performed for the control group.Results:It was observed in the evaluation that lavender application did not affect the vital signs of the patients but it ensured a deeper sleep on the 2nd day after the intervention, facilitated their falling asleep and sleeping again when they were awakened and enhanced sleep quality (p< 0.05). Also, this application decreased the awakening frequency on the 1st and 2nd days and enhanced overall sleep quality (p< 0.05) after the intervention.Conclusions:Lavender has no effect on the vital signs of palliative care patients but is an effective and reliable approach to enhance their sleep quality.