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Light Therapy Wichita KS

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

Comprehensive Sleep Disorders and Neurodiagnostic Center of Kansas
(316) 264-2791
818 N. Emporia
Wichita, KS
Ages Seen
18 years and up

Tallgrass Sleep Center
(316) 260-3016
7111 E. 21st Street North
Wichita, KS
Ages Seen
16 years and up

Newman Regional Health Sleep Disorders Center Newman Regional Health
(620) 341-7760
1201 W. 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS
Ages Seen

Shawnee Mission Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center
(913) 676-8112
8901 W. 74th Street
Shawnee Mission, KS
Ages Seen
16 years and up

Via Christi Health Sleep Disorders Laboratory
(620) 232-0340
1102 E Centennial Drive
Pittsburg, KS
Ages Seen
5 years and up

Sleep Medicine Center of Kansas
(316) 651-2250
818 N. Carriage Parkway
Wichita, KS
Ages Seen
14 and up

Via Christi Sleep Disorders Center
(316) 634-3400
1151 N Rock Road
Wichita, KS
Ages Seen
16 years and up

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
(785) 505-3789
3510 Clinton Parkway Place
Lawrence, KS
Ages Seen
12 years and up

Stormont-Vail Sleep Center
(785) 270-8090
920 SW Washburn Avenue
Topeka, KS
Doctors Refferal
Ages Seen
16 years and up
Insurance: Most all
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

St. Catherine Hospital Neurodiagnostic & Sleep Disorders Center St. Catherine Hospital
(620) 272-2420
401 E. Spruce
Garden City, KS
Ages Seen
12 years and up

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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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