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Light Therapy Davenport IA

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

Neurology Consultants, P.C. Sleep Disorders Center
(563) 383-2667
1351 W Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA
Ages Seen

Mississippi Valley Sleep Disorder Center
(563) 344-6750
3385 Dexter Court
Davenport, IA
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
12 & up
Insurance: John Deere, Encompass, Tricare, Midlands, Blue Cross
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Stephen Cody Rasmus, MD
(563) 383-2667
1351 W Central Park Ave Ste 3300
Davenport, IA
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1976

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Eastern Iowa Sleep Center, LLC
(319) 362-4433
600 7th Street Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance: All major carriers
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Mercy Sleep Center Mercy Hospital Medical Center
(515) 247-3171
1449 NW 128th Street
Clive, IA
Ages Seen
1 yr and older

Genesis Sleep Disorders Center, GMC Davenport
(563) 421-1523
1401 W. Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA
Ages Seen
Neonate to Geriatric

Genesis Sleep Disorders Center, GMC Illini
(309) 792-6380
1414 10th Street
Silvis, IL
Ages Seen
2 years and up

Great River Sleep Disorders Center Great River Medical Center
(319) 768-4218
1221 S. Gear Avenue
West Burlington, IA
Ages Seen
12 years on up

Premier Sleep Disorder Center
(563) 242-4233
242 N. Bluff Boulevard
Clinton, IA
Ages Seen

West Lakes Sleep Center
(515) 875-9555
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
Ages Seen

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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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