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Light Therapy Cambridge MA

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

Sleep HealthCenters Associated with Brigham and Women's Hospital
(671) 783-1441 x159
1505 Commonwealth Avenue
Brighton, MA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary, in accordance with specific managed car
Ages Seen
16+
Insurance
Insurance: Most plans
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
(781) 306-9760
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
16 +

Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders Childrens Hospital Boston
(781) 216-2570
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
Newborn-21 years

Sleep HealthCenter affiliated with Faulkner Hospital
(617) 983-4650
1153 Centre Street
Boston, MA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary, in accordance with specific managed car
Ages Seen
16+
Insurance
Insurance: Most plans
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Boston Sleep Care Center
(781) 647-7246
85 First Avenue
Waltham, MA
Ages Seen
18

Center for Sleep Medicine Tufts - New England Medical Center
(617) 636-7689
750 Washington Street
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
Infants and Above

Sleep HealthCenters Affiliated with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
(781) 306-9760 x121
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
<1 month to 18 years old

Sleep HealthCenters affiliated with Hallmark Health
(781) 306-9760
200 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary, in accordance with specific managed car
Ages Seen
16 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most plans
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Neurocare Center for Sleep Neurocare Inc.
(617) 796-7766
70 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
Ages Seen
12-adult

Winchester Hospital Sleep Disorder Center
(781) 756-2325
12 Alfred Street
Woburn, MA
Ages Seen
Dec-90

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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