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Korean J Women Health Nurs. 2004 Sep;10(3):235-243. English.
Published online Sep 30, 2004.
Copyright © 2004 Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing
Effects of Aroma Inhalation on Fatigue and Sleep Quality of Postpartum Mothers
Sung-Hee Lee1
1Assistant Professor at Nursing Department, Sorabol College, Korea.

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Received Aug 02, 2004; Accepted Aug 20, 2004.



The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of aroma inhalation on fatigue and quality of sleep of postpartum mothers.


The study design was a non-equivalent control group pre-post design. 51 Postpartum mothers were assigned either to a control group or to an experimental group that was exposed to aromas through inhalation for 6 days. Subjects in the experimental group were instructed to wear a necklace filled with Lavender and Eucalyptus oil from 2: 00 PM to 8: 00 PM every day. Fatigue was measured using the Rhoten Fatigue Scale. Sleep duration, night arousal frequency and sleep satisfaction were used to assess the quality of sleep.


There was a significant difference in the score of fatigue following the treatment between the experimental and control groups (t=-2.79 p=.00). However, there was no significant difference in sleep duration, frequency of night arousal and sleep satisfaction following aroma inhalation between two groups.


This intervention appears to be effective in reducing the fatigue in postpartum mothers.

Keywords: Aroma Inhalation; Fatigue; Sleep quality; Postpartum mothers