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

Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota - St. Paul
(651) 220-6201
345 N. Smith Avenue
St. Paul, MN
Doctors Refferal
Yes for PSG''s No for Clinic Evaluation
Ages Seen
1 day to 21 years
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: No
Medicaid: Yes

The Sleep Center at the University of Minnesota Medical Center/ Fairview
(612) 273-3396
606 24th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN
Ages Seen
15+

Minnesota Sleep Institute - Woodbury
(952) 867-7400
8380 City Centre Drive
Woodbury, MN
Ages Seen
8+

Minnesota Sleep Institute - Edina
(952) 567-7412
7450 France Avenue S
Edina, MN
Ages Seen
>16

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

Noran Clinic Sleep Center
(612) 879-1653
2828 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Ages Seen
13

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

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

Fairview Diagnostic Sleep Center Fairview Southdale Hospital
(952) 924-5053
6405 France Avenue S.
Edina, MN
Ages Seen
18-geriatric

Minnesota Sleep Institute
(952) 567-7412
501 Nicollet Boulevard E
Burnsville, MN
Ages Seen
18+ years old

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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