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Light Therapy Jacksonville FL

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

Baptist Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Baptist Medical Center
(904) 202-1632
836 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL
Ages Seen
All ages

Shands Sleep Disorders Center
(904) 244-9497
580 W. 8th Street
Jacksonville, FL
Ages Seen
5 and up

Baptist Medical Center, South
(904) 821-6840
14546 St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL
Ages Seen
18 - 89

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
(941) 917-2525
1625 S. Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
Insurance: Majority accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

South Florida Sleep Diagnostic Center
(305) 255-0777
12600 SW 120th Street
Miami, FL
Doctors Refferal
Not always required
Ages Seen
18 years of age and up
Insurance: Aetna, AvMed, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Careplus, Cigna, Coventry Health Care, Humana, JMH, Medica
Medicare: Yes

The Florida Centers of Sleep Medicine
(904) 215-7556
425 N. Lee Street
Jacksonville, FL
Ages Seen
2 years and up
Medicare: No
Medicaid: No

First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, PA Sleep Laboratory
(904) 493-3333
14810 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL
Ages Seen

Paul Austin Fredrickson, MD
(904) 953-7287
4500 San Pablo Rd S
Jacksonville, FL
Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital: St Lukes Hosp, Jacksonville, Fl
Group Practice: Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Data Provided By:
Florida Sleep Institute
(352) 683-7885
4075 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL
Ages Seen
13 years and up

Everest Medical Care and Sleep Disorders Center
(850) 482-2061
4296 5th Avenue
Marianna, FL
Ages Seen
> 15 years

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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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