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Light Therapy Albany NY

Light therapy helps with the treatment of skin disorders, sleep disorders, psychiatric disorders, seasonal affective disorders, wound healing, Parkinson's disease and more. See below for local businesses in Albany that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

St Peter's Sleep Center St Peter's Hospital
(518) 464-9999
Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
>6 months
Insurance: Most insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Ellis Medicine -Sleep Disorders Center "Helping you sleep well, so you can live well!"
(518) 347-5337
600 McClellan Street
Schenectady, NY
Doctors Refferal
Preferred, but not necessary.
Ages Seen
Insurance: Most
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Columbia University Cardiopulmonary Sleep and Ventilatory Disorders Center
(212) 305-7591
622 W. 168th Street
New York, NY
Ages Seen
18 and up

Sleep Solutions of New York
(631) 724-4729
257 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
Ages Seen
4 years and older

Sleep Diagnostics Group, LLC
(631) 675-0830
2500 Nesconset Highway
Stony Brook, NY
Ages Seen
4 years and up

Sleep Disorders Center Pulmonary & Critical Care Services
(518) 272-0331
2 New Hampshire Avenue
Troy, NY
Ages Seen

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center The Sleep Laboratory St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
(315) 475-3379
945 E. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY
Doctors Refferal
Preferred but not necessary
Ages Seen
All ages
Insurance: Most insurances are accepted. Please call your insurance carrier for verif
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Unity Sleep Disorders Center Unity Health System
(585) 442-4141
919 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY
Doctors Refferal
Yes- Generally
Ages Seen
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Mohawk Valley Sleep Disorders Center St. Elizabeth Medical Center
(315) 734-3484
2209 Genesee Street
Utica, NY
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
Insurance: Most insurances are accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Center Crystal Run Healthcare LLP
(845) 796-5477
61 Emerald Place
Rock Hill, NY
Ages Seen
2 years and up

Light Therapy

 Light Therapy 

Circadian Rhythm

From the Latin circa (about) dies (a day), the circadian rhythm is the twenty-four-hour cycle of light/dark, wakefulness/sleep to which most human physiologic processes are set. At regular intervals each day, the body tends to become hungry, tired, active, listless, energized. Body temperature, heart-beat, blood pressure, hormone levels, and urine flow rise and fall in this relatively predictable, rhythmic pattern - a pattern initiated and governed by exposure to sunlight and darkness.

Experiments where humans were placed in isolation chambers, cut off from all potential environmental cues, have shown that, in the absence of natural daylight, rhythms are still maintained. But in the absence of the day light, the rhythms tend to deviate from 24 hours. For instance, the rhythms was found to expand to 24-30 hours, thus disrupting the biological processes over a long period of time.

The fact that animals and humans can continue to function according to daily and annual rhythms in the absence of external environmental stimuli means that animals and humans possess some kind of biological clock, which act as a backup mechanism in case it cannot get the proper stimuli from the natural events such as sunshine.

This behavior can be illustrated by our clocks. Let us say, our clock is running slow. Over a period of time, the clock may lag the actual time because of this defect. Usually, we will reset the clock when it gets far out of sync by other external stimuli like a radio or phone time. Now, if we do not have access to this external synchronizing signal, the clock can get far out of line with the reality. Our body clocks functions the same way. The biological clock can keep the time; but in the absence of correction from the day/light cycle provided by the sun, the biological clock tend go out of sync affecting our physical and mental health. A similar thing happens when we travel across time zones; we tend to experience what is known as "jet lag".

However, in the absence of natural light our body clocks may lose or gain a little time. This in turn could lead to the desynchronization of different rhythms. For example, in the absence of sufficient environmental light the sleep-wake and associated rest-activity rhythms may lengthen to a cycle of between 30 and 48 hours, while the temperature rhythm may remain at a period of, say, 25 hours. Such desynchronization of the body's intricate rhythms is suspected to trigger problems: hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders and mood disturbances.

Circannual Rhythm

Circannual rhythm is the annual or yearly cycle used by all living things.

Circaseptan Rhythm

Circaseptan rhythm is a seven-day cycle in which the biological processes of life, including disease symptoms and development, resolve. Many physicians believe that transplant patients tend to have more rejection episodes seven, f...

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