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Light Therapy Bakersfield CA

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

UCDHS Sleep Disorders Center University of California, Davis Medical Center
(916) 734-0256
2315 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA
Ages Seen

Tower Sleep Medicine
(310) 657-3792
8635 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
Ages Seen
> or equal to 12

St. John's Sleep Disorders Center St. John's Medical Plaza
(310) 586-0843
1301 Twentieth Street
Santa Monica, CA
Sleep Medicine Center
(408) 730-5858
500 E. Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA
Ages Seen
5 and above
Insurance: All PPO''s and some EPO''s and selected HMO''s
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

REM Sleep Diagnostics, Inc.
(707) 252-8400
855 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA
Ages Seen
13 years +

RESTA Sleep Disorders Center
(530) 242-6821
1145 Whiskeytown Court
Redding, CA
Ages Seen

West Valley Sleep Disorders Center
(818) 715-0096
7320 Woodlake Avenue
West Hills, CA
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
3 yrs to 80 yrs
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Loma Linda Sleep Disorders Center Loma Linda University Medical Center
(909) 558-6344
11360 Mountain View Avenue
Loma Linda, CA
Ages Seen
All ages
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

California Center for Sleep Disorders
(510) 263-3300
985 Atlantic Avenue
Alameda, CA
Doctors Refferal
May be necessary depending upon insurance
Ages Seen
5 years and up
Insurance: PPO''s, HMO''s, EPO''s, IPA''s
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Sleep Disorders Center
(831) 649-7210
2 Upper Ragsdale Drive
Monterey, CA
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
Insurance: Most accepted.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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