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Light Therapy Austin TX

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

REM Sleep Center
(512) 452-3806
4211 Medical Parkway
Austin, TX
Ages Seen
6+

Westlake Sleep Center
(512) 697-3580
5656 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX
Ages Seen
13-99

Cedar Park Sleep Center
(512) 249-9498
2519 S. Lakeline Boulevard
Cedar Park, TX
Ages Seen
Feb-99

Ashwin Gowda, MD
(512) 329-9296
102 Westlake Dr Ste 102
Austin, TX
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kempegowda Inst Of Med Sci, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka
Graduation Year: 1995

Data Provided By:
David Richard Duhon, MD
(512) 329-9296
4201 Bee Caves Rd Ste A200
Austin, TX
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Neurology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: South Austin Hospital, Austin, Tx; Seton Med Ctr, Austin, Tx
Group Practice: Sleep Disorders Ctr-Central TX

Data Provided By:
Texas Sleep Medicine
(512) 440-5757
1221 W. Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
Ages Seen
13 and above
Insurance
Insurance: Most commercial insurance, please visit website for more information.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

The Sleep Disorders Center of Central Texas
(512) 329-9296
102 Westlake Drive
Austin, TX
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
2 years and older
Insurance
Insurance: Visit website for more information
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

David Richard Duhon, MD
(512) 329-9296
102 Westlake Dr Ste 102
Austin, TX
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided By:
Ashwin Gowda, MD
(512) 329-9296
102 Westlake Dr
Austin, TX
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kempegowda Inst Of Med Sci, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka
Graduation Year: 1995

Data Provided By:
Athens Center for Sleep Disorders
(903) 675-1717
704 S. Palestine
Athens, TX
Doctors Refferal
Preferred but not required
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All Insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Data Provided By:

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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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