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Light Therapy Champaign IL

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

Christie Clinic at C U Sleep Christie Clinic
(217) 355-1684
1207 S. Mattis Avenue
Champaign, IL
Ages Seen
12 - no upper limit

Daniel Leigh Picchietti, MD
(217) 383-3230
602 W University Ave
Urbana, IL
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital: Carle Foundation Hosp, Urbana, Il
Group Practice: Carle Clinic Association

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Northshore Sleep Medicine
(847) 674-3600
3451 Church Street
Evanston, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not required
Ages Seen
2 & up
Insurance: All - Call to Verify
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

SleepMed of Niles
(847) 691-4215
7900 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL
Ages Seen
13 years and up

Northwest Sleep Center
(847) 695-0985
40 N. Airlite Street
Elgin, IL
Ages Seen

Provena Sleep Center
(217) 337-2011
1400 W. Park
Urbana, IL
Ages Seen

Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
(618) 257-5787
4500 Memorial Drive
Belleville, IL
Ages Seen
16 years and up

Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center Rush University Medical Center
(312) 942-5440
710 S. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance: All types

Swedish Covenant Hospital Swedish Covenant Hospital
(773) 878-8200
5145 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
5 yrs and up
Insurance: All insurances are welcome.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Illinois Neurological Institute Sleep Center
(309) 263-3403
435 Maxine Drive
Morton, IL
Ages Seen
Neonate thru Geriatric

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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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