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Light Therapy Fort Collins CO

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

Poudre Valley Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
(970) 495-8670
1107 South Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
Ages Seen
17 years and up

Mark Douglas Petrun, MD
(970) 224-9102
2121 E Harmony Rd Unit 300
Fort Collins, CO
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital: Poudre Valley Hosp, Fort Collins, Co
Group Practice: Northern Colorado Pulmonary

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Exempla Lutheran Sleep Center Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
(303) 425-8574
8300 W. 38th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
13 years and up
Insurance: All insurance

Sky Ridge Sleep Disorders Center
(720) 225-3100
10101 Ridgegate Parkway
Lone Tree, CO
Ages Seen

Delta Waves Sleep Disorders & Research Center
(719) 262-9283
5835 Lehman Drive
Colorado Springs, CO
Ages Seen

Sleep Disorders Center of Northern Colorado
(970) 635-4027
1825 E. 18th Street
Loveland, CO
Ages Seen
17 years and up
Medicare: No
Medicaid: No

National Jewish Health Sleep Center
(303) 270-2708
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
8 and > for sleep studies
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep-Alertness Disorders Center
(303) 671-0977
1390 S Potomac Street
Aurora, CO
Ages Seen
3 & older

Boulder Community Sleep Disorders Center
(303) 938-5354
1000 Alpine Avenue
Boulder, CO
Ages Seen

The Sleep Center of Southern Colorado Parkview Medical Center
(719) 584-4976
400 W. Sixteenth Street
Pueblo, CO
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
2 years and up
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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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