cedar and sleep

Doug Skrecky (oberon@vcn.bc.ca)
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 12:43:53 -0800 (PST)

Sano A. Sei H. Seno H. Morita Y. Moritoki H. Institution
Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, The University of Tokushima, Japan.
Influence of cedar essence on spontaneous activity and sleep of rats and human daytime nap.
Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences. 52(2):133-5, 1998 Apr. Abstract
We investigated whether exposure to the odor of extracted cedar essence (CE) has (i) an influence on spontaneous activity and sleep-wake states of rats and (ii) a sleep-promoting effect on human daytime nap after taking an ordinary night's sleep. In rats exposed to CE, spontaneous activities and amount of wake were significantly decreased, while the amount of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep was significantly increased. In human daytime nap, NREM sleep stage 2 latency was significantly shortened after exposure to CE.