Does the YumaLite Really Work?

Does the YumaLite work?The YumaLite may seem a bit odd at first glance, but it’s designed to keep your spirits up during the grey, sunless months of winter. This would be a welcome relief for those that have tried other therapies that didn’t work, or that have found some success with light therapy, but don’t use it as much as they should because it limits mobility. So let’s see how well this stacks up against traditional therapies.

Overview
Winter depression is a documented condition, and has been dubbed seasonal affective disorder, aptly acronym-ed as SAD. They say in their informational video that up to 90 percent of people that live in climates where the days get shorter during the winter will be effected at some level. It only makes sense because it’s cold outside, activities are limited, there’s less sunshine so you’re getting less Vitamin D, and winters seem to go on and on with no end in sight, leading one to think that the cold and blustery days will never end.

The Claim
YumaLite claims that it can replicate the good feelings you get from being exposed to natural sunlight. They mention the circadian rhythmic which can get out of whack when the sun doesn’t rise until well into the morning, and sets in the late afternoon. You might feel like you’re not getting a full day in, which can effect your moods and lead to further depression if not checked. By reintroducing light into the equation the theory is you are giving the body what it needs, and what it naturally gets at other times of the year.

The Hype
Of course it’s impossible to duplicate the power of the sun in a portable device, and they’re not claiming that this light will replace the loss of Vitamin D or give you the warming feeling of a sunshiney day. There isn’t much hype involved, as this is a documented case, and light therapy has already been clinically proven to provide positive results, so they only big claim they’re making is that they’ve made it portable, which doesn’t require a big stretch of the imagination, as technology is allowing us to make things smaller and more user-friendly.

The Cost
YumaLite is $112 shipped to your door. It comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, and since $100 of that total is the product price you’ll get most of the purchase price back if you’re not happy with it. The price for a standard light therapy unit can be well over the $100 mark, and these don’t provide the same feature of being able to walk around or sit wherever you want.

The Commitment
You’d have to commit to wearing this on a daily basis through the times of the year that you know you’re most susceptible to not feeling your best. Since traditional light therapy has you sitting in front of a the light source for a half hour to an hour this would allow you to go about your day as usual, or not be confined to one area of your home. In the promo ad they show people using it while watching TV, or reading a book in their favorite chair.

Evaluation
One way to use this would be to help yourself wake up. If you need to rise before the sun it can be hard to get up and get going when it’s dark as night outside. By exposing yourself to the light your body will recognize that the day has begun and can start its daily processes, including elimination and digestion. At night when the sun goes down at say 5pm and you still need to get things done, this can be a way for you to stay active and focused for a few more hours as your day winds down naturally.

The technology for light therapy has already been established to be an effective solution for seasonal affective disorder, so the real marvel here is that they’ve managed to put it on a headband so that you don’t have to be parked in one spot in order to get the benefits. If you’ve already used light therapy in the past with success you’ll likely find that same success in this portable device. If you’re just starting off trying to find a cure for the winter blues this could be a way to help, but as with any new therapy you won’t know until you try.

Final YumaLite Review

Whether or not you’ve been diagnosed by a doctor as having SAD, or you’ve just noticed that you don’t feel like yourself during the winter months, the YumaLite is definitely worth trying out. For those that are tired of having to sit in one spot during their therapy treatments this could allow you to get on with your day and still reap the positive benefits. Some people might shrug off feeling blue during the winter as just something that comes with the season but there’s no need to settle for less than feeling good all the time.

Our Recommendation
It’s important that you feel good all year long, and it’s really not your fault if the seasons are making it harder to do the things you love to do, or are full of gloomy looking days. At this price point the value is there if this can turn even a few blue days into better ones and allow you to function at your best.

What do you think? Does YumaLite work or not?

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Phillip February 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

I don’t suffer from depression or anything like that, but i do work night shift and it really sucks that I get to see so little sunlight. There’s no way that an artificial light could ever replace the natural sunlight, but something designed to replace it has to be better than nothing. It sure hell beats shining a flashlight all night to try to get some fake sunlight. It’s a bit costly, but it might just prove its worth. We’ll see.

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Gerry January 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I am seriously thinking of purchasing this product. The 30-day money back guarantee makes it an attractive offer. I have read that the construction of the unit is shoddy, the batteries do not work properly, you can only use the white or the red lights singly and not together and that the 2.0 unit upgrade is the sturdier one to order. The other alleged downside to the item is that it is produced in China which to some consumers means a cheaply made product offering. All that being said I will order a unit for myself and see if the hype matches the utility of the item.

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Moira Farr January 30, 2016 at 3:49 pm

I have used a large SAD light box during the winter months (in Canada, that’s early December to late March) for many years, with good results. I was curious about the light visor because I thought the ability to move around while wearing it would be a benefit. I’ve been using it for a little over a month and I have to say I’m experiencing the same feeling of boost in mood and energy that I got with the larger one – if anything, it’s better. In the years before using light therapy, I was seriously impaired by mid to late February with depression and lack of energy. I’m grateful that something this simple is having such a positive effect (ps. I bought mine for $45, not $112 as listed above). My only comment would be that it is not the most sturdy object, and when it arrived, the already installed batteries were dead. But once I put in new ones, it was/is working. Bottom line: I don’t think this is a gimmick. The evidence for the benefits of light therapy are medically documented. The design could be improved, but for me, it’s working.

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CFair February 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm

For all those interested in this or any light therapy product, it is important to remember that they only way these products are effective is if they are started 3 months prior to the period when you most likely start to see symptoms. So if you usually start to see symptoms in December, then start using the light in September. This is medically documented as the appropriate way to use light therapy.

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