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Lavender oil linked to sleep benefits for dementia patients

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RED WING, Minn. -- Lavender aromatherapy can help people suffering from dementia sleep easier — that’s according to a new study conducted at an assisted living center in Red Wing. 

During a week in which residents with memory loss were exposed to lavender essential oil, they experienced an average increase of 42.5 minutes of sleep a night, said Amanda Cagan, a research assistant with the HealthPartners Alzheimer’s Research Center.

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