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Light Therapy Gainesville GA

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

Northeast Georgia Sleep Medicine
(678) 450-3627
1240 Jesse Jewell Parkway
Gainesville, GA
Ages Seen
18 - geriatrics

Northside Hospital Forsyth Sleep Disorders Center
(770) 844-3607
1100 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA
Ages Seen
12 to Adult

PSS Sleep Disorders Center at Hillandale
(678) 418-9898
5700 Hillandale Drive
Lithonia, GA
Ages Seen

DeKalb Medical Sleep Disorder Center
(404) 501-5927
2665 Norh Decatur Road
Decatur, GA
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
13 and older
Insurance: Blue Cross, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, US Healthcare, PHCS, Principle
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center of Southeastern Lung Care
(404) 508-6257 x183
320 Winn Way
Decatur, GA
Ages Seen

Sleep Disorders Center Northeast Georgia Medical Center
(770) 531-6263
535 Jesse Jewell Parkway Se
Gainesville, GA
Ages Seen
1 - 100

Sleep Institute of Augusta
(706) 868-8555
3685 Wheeler Road
Augusta, GA
Ages Seen

Meadows Sleep Center at Vidalia
(912) 538-5591
1703 Meadows Lane
Vidalia, GA
Ages Seen
4 years and up

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston
(404) 785-1582
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA
Ages Seen
birth to 21 years

SleepMed of Central Georgia
(478) 745-9050
770 Hemlock Street
Macon, GA
Ages Seen
1 year and up

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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