In the continuation of my undergraduate research project, The Use of Lavender Aromatherapy to Reduce Test Anxiety and Improve Sleep Quality in Nursing Students we are in the midst of recruiting individuals for our research study. Initially we were going to focus our study on the population of freshmen nursing students, however after analyzing the freshmen and sophomore nursing curriculum we have decided to also open up the study to sophomore nursing majors. Sophomore nursing majors face a lot of stress in this year of nursing. It is their first year of real nursing classes and many of the students have a hard time managing their time in order to study and get all of their projects/ papers done in time. This raises their anxiety levels and many of the students stay up all night due to this anxiety and workload. Therefore, we have officially decided to recruit sophomores in addition to freshmen nursing students for our study.
Through the course of this semester I have also learned more about the use of lavender and its effects on anxiety and sleep quality. Lavender works as an anxiolytic and as a sedative to increase relaxation and calm and help bring about sleep. It has been shown to increase time spent in deep, slow wave sleep thus improving insomnia and sleep quality. In terms of stress, lavender has been shown to reduce the physical and emotional signs of stress. This includes: lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and increasing feelings of relaxation and calmness. In addition, Lavender can also function as a pain reliever or analgesic and as an anti inflammatory agent.
The only questions in our study that we had so far was regarding our population of students that we were focusing on. However, my mentor and I discussed which population of students to focus on and decided on sophomore and freshmen nursing students.