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Light Therapy Des Moines 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 Des Moines that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

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

Iowa Sleep Disorders Center
(515) 225-0188
4060 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
2-100
Insurance
Insurance: All major carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

SomniTech Inc Sleep Disorders Center Pleasant Hill
(515) 309-3186
1225 Copper Creek Drive
Pleasant Hill, IA
Ages Seen
10 & up

Donald Lee Burrows, MD
(515) 224-1777
1601 NW 114th St Ste 347
Clive, IA
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1979

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ENT Medical Services Sleep Center, PLC
(319) 338-2101
2901 Northgate Drive
Iowa City, IA
Ages Seen
>5

West Lakes Sleep Center
(515) 875-9555
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
Ages Seen
13-100

somniTech, Inc Sleep Disorders Center Waukee
(515) 226-0900
14225 University
Waukee, IA
Ages Seen
10 & up

Donald Lee Burrows, MD
(515) 224-1777
550 39th St Ste 200
Des Moines, IA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1979

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Dr.Steven Zorn
(515) 225-0188
4060 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Sleep Disorders
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.5, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Sleep Disorders Center University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
(319) 356-3813
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA
Ages Seen
All ages, new born to geriatric

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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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