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Light Therapy Poughkeepsie 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 Poughkeepsie that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

The Sleep Center at Saint Francis Hospital
(845) 431-8216
241 N. Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
5 year old and up
Insurance: Authorization, if required, self-pay option available
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Dr. Joseph and Esther B. Hartman Sleep Center
(845) 334-3126
105 Mary''s Avenue
Kingston, NY
Ages Seen

Middletown Medical Sleep Center
(845) 344-3981
111 Maltese Drive
Middletown, NY
Ages Seen
16 & Up

Superior Sleep Services, Inc.
(718) 975-0657
1007-1009 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Ages Seen
> 2y.o.

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center The Sleep Laboratory St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
(315) 475-3379
945 E. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY
Doctors Refferal
Preferred but not necessary
Ages Seen
All ages
Insurance: Most insurances are accepted. Please call your insurance carrier for verif
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Vassar Brothers Center for Sleep Medicine SleepTech LLC
(845) 838-8160
200 Westage Business Center Drive
Fishkill, NY
Ages Seen
8 and up

Mt. St. Mary's Hospital & Health Center, Sleep Disorder Center
(716) 298-2134
5300 Military Road
Lewiston, NY
Ages Seen

The Sleep Disorder Center of Olean General Hospital
(716) 375-6228
101 N. Main Street
Olean, NY
Ages Seen
Insurance: All Accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

The Long Island Sleep Center/Louis Saffran Physician PLLC
(516) 536-8151
30 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY
Ages Seen
5 and up

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

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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