Designers creating environments where individuals need to sleep soundly can improve the quality of sleep experienced in rooms scented by jasmine. A recent study at Wheeling Jesuit University indicated that participants exposed to jasmine while sleeping slept more efficiently and moved less while sleeping. Individuals who smelled jasmine while sleeping were able to perform cognitive tests more rapidly and their level of alertness was also greater, during the following afternoon hours.
Reported in PsycPORT.com, August 1, 2002. Scripps Howard News Service originally reported this story. The scientist conducting the research was Dr. Bryan Rauderbush, an assistant professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University.