Mood disorder can cause insomnia, because they change the way the brain functions. In particular, neurones in the hippocampus become dysfunctional, and this has a whole range of knock on effects that include an inability to sleep normally. The disturbed sleep seen with anxiety and depression can be seriously debilitating and can reduce the quality of life for the sufferer. Therefore safe and effective traditional treatments for sleep disorders can be a useful way to treat some of the effects of mood disorders. Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is one traditional herbal remedy that may be effective at treating mood disorders. For example, in one study researchers administered passion flower extract or a placebo to insomnia sufferers for 2 weeks and then questioned them about their quality of sleep. The passion flower extract was significantly able to improve the quality of sleep in the subject, when compared to the placebo. This supports other evidence that passion flower extracts are effective insomnia remedies.
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