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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.

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
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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

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Jackson Sleep Disorders Center
(334) 264-0222
1722 Pine Street
Montgomery, AL
Ages Seen
5 years and up

Enterprise Sleep Clinic Southeast Alabama Medical Center
(334) 393-7378
101 Professional Lane
Enterprise, AL
Ages Seen
5-Geriatric

Lakeshore Sleep Disorder Center, LLC
(205) 945-4796
1280 Columbiana Road
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
> or = 18 yeaers old
Insurance
Insurance: All except Aetna, Cigna and Tricare


Crestwood Center for Sleep Disorders Crestwood Medical Center
(256) 429-4750
4810 Whitesport Circle
Huntsville, AL
Ages Seen
Feb-90

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

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Southern Sleep Clinics - Enterprise
(334) 393-0921
210 N. Edwards
Enterprise, AL
Ages Seen
>13-75+

Providence Hospital Sleep Evaluation Center Providence Hospital
(251) 639-2876
610 Providence Park Drive W.
Mobile, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
2 - 100
Insurance
Insurance: BCBS, Medicare Comp, United, Satna
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Prattville Baptist Sleep Disorders Center Prattville Baptist Hospital
(334) 361-4335
124 S. Memorial Drive
Prattville, AL
Ages Seen
2-12 years

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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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