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Light Therapy Manhattan NY

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

Clinilabs Inc. Sleep Disorders Institute
(212) 994-5100
423 W. 55th Street
New York, NY
Doctors Refferal
Preferred but not necessary
Ages Seen
4 to geriatric
Insurance: All major health insurances accepted. Please visit sleepny.com for a detailed list.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

New York Sleep Wake Institute
(646) 778-3477
275 Seventh Avenue 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Ages Seen
12 and up

NYU Sleep Disorders Center
(212) 263-8423
462 First Avenue
New York, NY
Ages Seen

Columbia University Cardiopulmonary Sleep and Ventilatory Disorders Center
(212) 305-7591
622 W. 168th Street
New York, NY
Ages Seen
18 and up

New York Sleep Disorder Center
(718) 220-4210
2951 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY
Ages Seen
18 and above

Comprehensive Center for Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai Mt. Sinai Medical Center
(212) 241-5098
1176 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Ages Seen
5 and up

New York Sleep Institute
(212) 871-0227
724 Second Avenue
New York, NY
Ages Seen

Sleep / Wake Center Palisades Medical Center
(201) 854-5412
7600 River Road
North Bergen, NJ
Ages Seen
6 mos. - Adulthood

Sleep Medicine Associates of NYC LLC New York University School of Medicine
(212) 481-1818
11 E. 26th Street
New York, NY
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
2 years and up
Insurance: Most major insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Christ Hospital Sleep Center Christ Hospital
(888) 753-3724
176 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
Doctors Refferal
No (unless required by specific insurance plan).
Ages Seen
5 years and older
Insurance: Most Insurance Plans accepted; please check with the Sleep Center for specifics.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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