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Light Therapy Virginia Beach VA

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

Sentara Bayside Sleep Disorders Center Sentara Bayside Hospital
(757) 363-6850
800 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA
Ages Seen
13+

Sleep Disorders Center Sentara Norfolk General Hospital/Eastern Virginia Medical School
(757) 388-6049
600 Gresham Drive
Norfolk, VA
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
Greater than or equal to 13 years
Insurance
Insurance: Most Insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Charles Stephen Coleman, MD
(757) 686-2800
3640 High St Ste 2A
Portsmouth, VA
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1979

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Virginia Neurology & Sleep Centers
(757) 410-0893
516 Innovation Drive
Chesapeake, VA
Ages Seen
6 yrs. - Adult

Danville Pulmonary Sleep Center
(434) 728-0407
4545-b Riverside Drive
Danville, VA
Ages Seen
15-100

Virginia Neurology & Sleep Centers
(757) 410-0893
516 Innovation Drive
Chesapeake, VA
Ages Seen
6 yrs. - Adult

Vasantha Kumar S Hathwar, MD
(757) 481-2515
1008 First Colonial Rd Ste 103
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: Virginia Beach General Hosp, Virginia Bch, Va
Group Practice: Pulmonary Medicine Of Va Beach

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Centra Sleep Disorders Center Centra Health, Inc.
(434) 947-4628
3300 Rivermont Avenue
Lynchburg, VA
Ages Seen
6 and older

American Sleep Medicine- VA
(703) 448-7444
8300 Boone Boulevard
Vienna, VA
Ages Seen
8yrs. +
Insurance
Insurance: We take all insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Virginia Hospital Center Sleep Lab
(703) 558-6789
1625 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA
Ages Seen
15-99

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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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