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Light Therapy Birmingham AL

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

UAB Sleep/Wake Disorders Center
(205) 930-7114
1201 11th Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary unless required by insurance.
Ages Seen
18 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross, VIVA and various commercial insurance carriers; do not accept United Healthcare.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

St. Vincent's Sleep Disorders Center St. Vincent's Hospital
(205) 930-2369
2660 Tenth Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Ages Seen
18 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most commercial including BCBS of Alabama
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Brookwood Sleep Disorders Center Brookwood Medical Center
(205) 877-2403
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Birmingham, AL
Ages Seen
18 years and up

Stuart Jay Padove, MD
(205) 780-1963
817 Princeton Ave SW Ste 115
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Princeton Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Princeton Pulmonary Group

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Bryan W. Whitfield Sleep Disorders Center Bryan W. Whitfielld Memorial Hospita
(334) 287-2804
105 Highway 80 E
Demopolis, AL
Ages Seen
13 years and up

Children's Hospital of Alabama
(205) 939-9386
1600 7th Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
0-21 years
Insurance
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama
(205) 599-1020
790 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
<13 years old
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Aetna, U.S. HealthCare, various commercial p
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Lakeshore Sleep Disorder Center, LLC
(205) 945-4796
1280 Columbiana Road
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
> or = 18 yeaers old
Insurance
Insurance: All except Aetna, Cigna and Tricare


The Sleep Center at ECM East RCHP - Florence, LLC
(256) 768-8051
2111 Cloyd Boulevard
Florence, AL
Ages Seen
>13

Brookwood Sleep Disorders Center Brookwood Medical Center
(205) 877-2403
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Birmingham, AL
Ages Seen
18 years and up

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Light Therapy

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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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