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Light Therapy Huntsville AL

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

Crestwood Center for Sleep Disorders Crestwood Medical Center
(256) 429-4750
4810 Whitesport Circle
Huntsville, AL
Ages Seen

Daniel George Mc Donough, MD
(256) 533-0490
2006 Franklin St SE Ste 107
Huntsville, AL
Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1996

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The Sleep Lab at Riverview* Riverview Regional Medical Center
(256) 543-5838
600 S. Third Street
Gadsden, AL
Ages Seen

The Sleep Center at ECM East RCHP - Florence, LLC
(256) 768-8051
2111 Cloyd Boulevard
Florence, AL
Ages Seen

Providence Hospital Sleep Evaluation Center Providence Hospital
(251) 639-2876
610 Providence Park Drive W.
Mobile, AL
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
2 - 100
Insurance: BCBS, Medicare Comp, United, Satna
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Huntsville Sleep Center Huntsville Hospital
(256) 265-8553
911 Big Cove Road
Huntsville, AL
Doctors Refferal
No (Sleep Clinic) Yes (Sleep Testing)
Ages Seen
0.5 years and up
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Edward Mc Daniel Turpin, MD
(256) 340-2558
1060 Grandeview Blvd
Huntsville, AL
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1990

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Marshall Sleep Disorders Center
(256) 894-6850
11491 US Highway 431
Albertville, AL
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
8 years and up
Insurance: Please call with inquiries
Medicare: No
Medicaid: No

Southern Sleep Clinics - Eufaula
(334) 687-4643
217 S. Orange
Eufaula, AL
Ages Seen

North Alabama Sleep Disorders Center, LLC Helen Keller Hospital
(256) 386-4191
1111 S. Raleigh Avenue
Sheffield, AL
Ages Seen
6 years and up

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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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