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Light Therapy Anchorage AK

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 Anchorage that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

Providence Alaska Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Providence Alaska Medical Center
(907) 212-3650 x2
3200 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
3 months to 90 years
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Norman James Wilder, MD
(907) 264-1166
1200 Airport Heights Dr Ste 210
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1970

Data Provided By:
Shirley Ann Saucerman, MD
(907) 229-6360
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1980

Data Provided By:
Dr.William Lucht
(907) 646-2230
Ste 307, 2741 DeBarr Road
Anchorage, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1978
Speciality
Sleep Disorders
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Alaska Sleep Clinic
(907) 770-9104
3920 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK
Ages Seen
4+

Alaska Sleep Clinic
(907) 770-9104
3920 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK
Ages Seen
4+

Anne H Morris, MD
(907) 264-1600
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1966

Data Provided By:
Norman James Wilder, MD
(907) 264-1166
10201 Sidorof Ln
Anchorage, AK
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1970

Data Provided By:
William Dean Lucht, MD
(970) 278-1991
2751 Debarr Rd Ste 360
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak; Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak
Group Practice: Lung & Sleep Clinic-The Rockie

Data Provided By:
Providence Alaska Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Providence Alaska Medical Center
(907) 212-3650 x2
3200 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
3 months to 90 years
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Data Provided By:

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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