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Light Therapy Tuscaloosa AL

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

Snow Sleep Center
(205) 349-4043
701 University Boulevard E.
Tuscaloosa, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary unless required by insurance
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: The sleep center will file all insurances. The sleep center is a Blue Cros
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

DCH Sleep Center
(205) 343-8628
2700 Hospital Drive
Northport, AL
Ages Seen
Adolescents and up

Athens-Limestone Hospital Sleep Center Athens-Limestone Hospital
(256) 233-9449
700 W. Market Street
Athens, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
18-100
Insurance
Insurance: All insurances are filed. Individual policies dictate payment responsibili
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

DCH Laboratory* Medical Tower
(205) 759-7423
809 University Boulevard E
Tuscaloosa, AL
Ages Seen
Adult-Geriatric

Children's Hospital of Alabama
(205) 939-9386
1600 7th Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
0-21 years
Insurance
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

DCH Laboratory* Medical Tower
(205) 759-7423
809 University Boulevard E
Tuscaloosa, AL
Ages Seen
Adult-Geriatric

Cullman Regional Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Cullman Regional Medical Center
(256) 737-2140
1912 Alabama Highway 157
Cullman, AL
Doctors Refferal
May be necessary depending upon insurance
Ages Seen
2 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurance companies will cover your sleep disorder, however please ver
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Huntsville Sleep Center Huntsville Hospital
(256) 265-8553
911 Big Cove Road
Huntsville, AL
Doctors Refferal
No (Sleep Clinic) Yes (Sleep Testing)
Ages Seen
0.5 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Enterprise Sleep Clinic Southeast Alabama Medical Center
(334) 393-7378
101 Professional Lane
Enterprise, AL
Ages Seen
5-Geriatric

Decatur General Sleep Disorders Center Decatur General Hospital
(256) 341-2915
1201 7th Street SE
Decatur, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
>12
Insurance
Insurance: All Insurance is filed
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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