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Light Therapy Omaha NE

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

Creighton University Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 449-4486
601 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
13 + yrs.

Heartland Health
(402) 926-4900
11011 Q Street
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
12-Adult

Methodist Sleep Center
(402) 354-0825
16120 W. Dodge Road
Omaha, NE
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
16-90
Insurance
Insurance: Most
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Teri Jo Barkoukis, MD
(402) 559-4087
2566 Saint Marys Ave
Omaha, NE
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1989

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Alegent Health Immanuel Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 572-2673
6829 N. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
5 & Older

Alegent Health Immanuel Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 572-2673
6829 N. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
5 & Older

Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 758-5515
16901 Lakeside Hills Court
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
5 & Older

Teri Jo Barkoukis, MD
(402) 559-4087
NE Med Ctr/Pcc Section
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne; N H S Univ Nebraska Med Ctr, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: University Medical Associates Univ Of Nebraska Medical Ctr; University Of Nebraska Medical Center

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Stephen Buhler Smith, MD
(402) 552-3446
4242 Farnam St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Associates Pc

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Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 758-5515
16901 Lakeside Hills Court
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
5 & Older

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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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