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Light Therapy Riverside CA

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

Loma Linda Sleep Disorders Center Loma Linda University Medical Center
(909) 558-6344
11360 Mountain View Avenue
Loma Linda, CA
Ages Seen
All ages
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Stuart Andress Mc Carthy, MD
(909) 981-5406
1330 San Bernardino Rd Ste J
Upland, CA
Otolaryngology, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1977

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sleep Disorders Center
(408) 523-3460
1309 South Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
5 +
Insurance: Yes
Medicare: No
Medicaid: No

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Sleep Disorders Center
(408) 523-3484
815 Bay Avenue
Capitola, CA
Ages Seen

UCLA Sleep Disorders Laboratory and Center UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital
(310) 319-4063
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
Ages Seen
0-99 (infants-adults of all ages)

Philip Rimell Westbrook, MD
(909) 793-9190
104 E Olive Ave
Redlands, CA
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1960

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Stanford Sleep Medicine Center Stanford Hospital and Clinics
(650) 723-6601
450 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA
Ages Seen
<1 - >100 yrs.old

Sleep Disorders Clinic Doctors Medical Center
(510) 970-5925
2000 Vale Road
San Pablo, CA
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
18 - 64
Insurance: Most insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

United Sleep Center,LLC
(925) 934-2121
2121 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA
Ages Seen
12 yrs. +

Redwood Sleep Center
(415) 898-1273
1615 Hill Street
Novato, CA
Ages Seen

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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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