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Light Therapy Rochester MN

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

Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine
(507) 266-7456
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN
Doctors Refferal
Required
Ages Seen
All ages

Eric John Olson, MD
(507) 284-2495
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hospital Of Rochester, Rochester, Mn; Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Mn
Group Practice: Mayo Clinic

Data Provided By:
Bradley Fitzgerald Boeve, MD
(507) 284-4006
Mayo Clnc Dept Neuro
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1991

Data Provided By:
Sleep Center at New River Medical Center New River Medical Center
(763) 271-2422
1013 Hart Boulevard
Monticello, MN
Doctors Refferal
Yes, or patients can see one of our physicians
Ages Seen
2+
Insurance
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center Hennepin County Medical Center
(612) 873-6201
900 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Doctors Refferal
Preferred but not necessary
Ages Seen
Newborn - 80+
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Steven Ira Altchuler, MD
(507) 284-4159
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hospital Of Rochester, Rochester, Mn; Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Mn
Group Practice: Mayo Clinic

Data Provided By:
Bruce Albert Staats, MD
(507) 284-2957
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hospital Of Rochester, Rochester, Mn; Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Mn
Group Practice: Mayo Clinic

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Sleep Disorders Center Methodist Hospital
(952) 993-6083
6500 Excelsior Boulevard
Saint Louis Park, MN
Doctors Refferal
No (preferred but not necessary)
Ages Seen
4+
Insurance
Insurance: Most
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

North Memorial Sleep Health Center
(763) 520-4982
3366 Oakdale Ave N.
Robbinsdale, MN
Ages Seen
8 and above

Brainerd Lakes Sleep Health Center Brainerd Medical Center
(218) 855-5206
2024 S. 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary, but appreciated
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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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