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Five Natural Ways to Fall Asleep



50 to 70 million Americans report having chronic sleep disorders. While many prescription drugs are approved by the FDA, using them regularly could lead to long-term consequences. As a result, many people are turning to natural remedies such as CBD gummies for sleep found here.

In this post, we will explore 5 of the most popular natural ways to fall asleep. You can use one or a variety of these methods to improve your sleep quality and not worry about adverse side effects.

The History of Natural Sleep Aids

Herbs, roots, and extracts have been used for centuries to help people get better sleep. Chamomile, valerian, and cannabis have been used by ancient civilizations, including the Greeks, Romans, and Chinese.

While modern science has evolved dramatically since ancient Romans, people still use many of the same natural ways to fall asleep.

What is the Best Sleep Aid?

Everyone’s body is different. In addition, the underlying reason why they may not be getting a good night’s rest also varies.

The best natural sleep aid is the one that works for you. Not all remedies will work for every single person. As a result, we recommend starting with the 5 most popular and assessing the effectiveness of each one.

5 Commonly Used Sleep Supplements

Below 5 natural sleep aids that have been utilized for thousands of years; each is naturally occurring and doesn’t have long-term side effects.

#1 Melatonin

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark. Experts recommend melatonin for people with irregular sleep schedules—for example, someone who works nights must sleep during the day.

Introducing melatonin to the body encourages sleep when it’s not being produced or when production is deficient.

#2 Valerian Root

Multiple studies indicate valerian may “reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and help you sleep better.”

Valerian is a tall, flowering grassland plant with a variety of species. Only carefully processed roots have been widely studied. Research suggests that regular use and the combination of another sleep aid increases the effectiveness of the plant’s ability to deliver results.

#3 Cannabidiol

CBD has become the most popular natural sleep aid since hemp-derived cannabinoid products were legalized in 2018. Since ending prohibition, CBD and other cannabinoids like CBN have become widely accessible and used for various conditions.

The most significant evidence for CBD as a sleep aid comes from a 2019 study done in Colorado. Over 100 adult patients were given CBD daily, and after just one month, sleep scores were improved for over 66% of the participants.

#4 Passionflower

Passionflower is a common natural remedy for insomnia. The most common administration method is a cup of passionflower tea right before bedtime. Experts believe the plant has natural sedative properties that help users improve their sleep.

#5 Chamomile

Chamomile is a plant extract commonly used in tea to promote better sleep. Research suggests that the flavonoid content is responsible for the sedative effects. Apigenin, a flavonoid in chamomile, can bind with benzodiazepine receptors in the brain.

The Best CBD Sleep Products

Finding CBD sleep products is extremely easy; however, obtaining high-quality extracts from a reputable brand is much more difficult. We recommend looking for CBD products designed for sleep and also provide transparency into how the products are made.

How to Find the Best CBD with Melatonin?

When you are looking for CBD sleep products, make sure the company does the following:

  • Provides 3rd party lab tests
  • Gives insights into the extraction process
  • Uses USDA-certified hemp
  • Manufactures its products in a GMP-certified facility

Michael Levin is a CBD enthusiast, a researcher, writer and editor in the cannabis space, experienced CBD user and educator. He believes CBD can help improve our overall health and wellbeing.


Wellsystem Waterbed Massage That Makes Your Body Feel Like You Are In Heaven



Yesterday at the Wellness and Travel Media Event I was offered to try the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage. Having to get up at 6am in the morning and not being a morning person, I was dragging by 11am. Then I tried the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage and was sent into nirvana.

In this world stress, bad posture, lack of exercise and 5G are causing more and more people to experience tension and pain in their neck, shoulders back and legs. Wellsystem‘s dry water massage uses heat and water power for a relaxing full, or partial, body massage. I had a five minute session and was brought back to life.

Warm water jets hit the underside of the soft natural rubber surface in even movements. They massage the body from head to toe while you float almost weightlessly on the dry water surface. The soothing warmth and gentle power of the water activates the deeper tissue layers and loosens the entire muscle system. The contactless dry water massage is exceptionally hygienic and an ideal supplement or alternative to manual therapy. 

Right now there isn’t a spa that has this in New York, but hopefully soon as this bed really did the trick.

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Voices for Victoria Launches Call-To-Action Campaign Ahead of June 6th: National Naloxone Awareness Day



In today’s America, there is an urgent ongoing crisis which can no longer go on. Within the last year, it was reported that over 112,000 lives were lost to opioid- and fentanyl-related overdoses. This epidemic is affecting everyone from all walks of life, leaving all vulnerable to the horrific nature of what has become a sad mark on our country’s history.

The crucial time to turn this statistic around and to create a better tomorrow has arrived, and we’re all responsible for answering the call. Voices for Victoria is a movement that was initiated by philanthropist Nancy Ross in support of the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization founded with a mission of educating individuals on substance abuse prevention and addiction resources.

Dedicated to spreading awareness about opioid overdose reversal medications like Naloxone, Victoria’s Voice is collectively working day and night to bring attention to a mass movement for change. In need of assistance from advocates, celebrities, and government officials alike, the organization is asking for individuals to join the mission to generate more education and accessibility for Naloxone. At the same time the trailblazers are educating communities about its life-saving potential. They firmly believe that everyone deserves to have access to this vital medication.

For Ross—a mother, investigative journalist, philanthropist, and overdose awareness advocate—the fight to save the next generation is one that hits close to home.

“It’s so important that we are creating the kind of world that’s conducive for not only our children to inhabit, but generations upon generations of teenagers who are going to eventually learn about the impacts of substance addiction,” Ross asserts. “As a mom, I want to know that I’m helping to create a better world for my three children, and for the many students and community members whom this has already affected. We have to fight to save people from the clutches of this epidemic.”

By kickstarting an empowering #VoicesForVictoria social media campaign, this initiative sends a powerful message to communities across the nation that tangible reform is just around the corner, and that no one life should go overlooked. Using a platform has the influence to make a real difference in this fight against opioid overdose deaths.

“I learned about Naloxone after attending an event for Victoria’s Voice, and was blown away by the work they were doing in the community,” Ross says. “Imagine, Victoria could’ve been my own child. The thought that parents are losing their children due to a simple lack of awareness surrounding Naloxone is heartbreaking, but Voices for Victoria is working to remedy that. We are going to make a real difference through this movement.”

As both a parent and public figure, Ross feels responsible for helping to spread the word. As she joins with Victoria’s Voice, the philanthropist seeks to get others to respond to the call of advocacy, and to get the message about Naloxone out to every part of this country.

By reaching wider audiences, #VoicesForVictoria allows even more individuals to join the movement and encourage others to learn more about the life-saving capabilities of Naloxone. From neighbors to friends to loved ones, involvement with this campaign has the profound ability to save millions of people from succumbing to preventable deaths. Through Naloxone awareness, Victoria’s Voice.

Various initiatives leading up to National Naloxone Awareness Day on June 6 are in the works, with one such notable event featuring media personality and the “Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, with a live TikTok and Q&A session on Saturday, May 18 at 3pm EST. Belfort is helping to lead the charge to help save the next generation before it is too late. The critical information will be on his feed in front of his 3.6 million followers on his TikTok account, @wolfofwallstreet.

Victoria’s Voice was founded after Victoria Siegel—the daughter of “The Real Queen of Versailles” icon Jackie Siegel—passed away from a drug overdose on June 6, 2015, at just 18 years old. Victoria was just one of 129 Americans who lost their lives to  a drug overdose on that day. Since then, a staggering number of families across the United States have lost a loved one to overdose. In fact, nearly 300 people die from a drug overdose every single day in this country.

Join the movement today, and save lives with Voices for Victoria on the Victoria’s Voice Foundation official website.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Tales From Hollywood With Gary Springer Part 2



“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is  filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. This is part 2. You can watch part 1 here.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Gary Springer about his son Nick who got Spinal meningitis at 14, went on to be a Paralympian and who died in 2021. We also talk about “Beyond The Raging Sea”, the gripping account of two athletes who embarked on the World’s Toughest Row- 3000 miles across the Atlantic- takes a harrowing turn, mirroring the ordeal of refugees crossing dangerous sea.
We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling, Gary Springer

Rommel Gopez and the Hotel Edison have also added billboards that are in front of the lobby to let guests know what is happening.

I am so grateful to my guest Gary Springer.

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

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Laura Slutsky Does Cabaret for a Cause



Laura Slutsky’s and my paths have crossed many times over the years and I have always found her witty, kind and engaging. I just didn’t know how big a heart she had until I saw she was producing cabaret and comedy shows to raise money for various charities. Over the past few months, she has gathered groups of talented performers to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease and the people of Maui after the devastating fires. On April 28th I was able to attend her latest fundraiser at the Triad Theater to support St Jude Children’s Hospital.  Lyzette Dorado, St Jude Marketing Director for New York City, was in attendance and was able to share how the organization helps the young cancer patients and their families.

Laura Slutsky

Lizette Dorado, St Jude Marketing Director shares what their mission

Laura Slutsky Singing Eydie Gorme

Laura and Sue Matsuki Cohosts of the Evening

I met Sue Matsuki a few years ago when she was organizing the Winter Rhythms concerts for Urban Stages. She is an award winning (MAC, Bistro and Julie Wilson Awards) singer and author. She met Laura in January and in those 3 short months they were able to organize this wonderful entertaining afternoon with a list of Grade A talent.

Sue Matsuki Singing Judy Garland

Saundra Silliman Sings Nancy Wilson

Elvira Tortora Sings Babara Cook

Debra Stone Sings Amanda McBroom

Laura’s Shmoozin’ with Slutsky series of special performance events each has a different theme and this one was “Legends that ‘Muse’ Me,” a 90 minute concert with eleven powerhouse performers, each singing a song from one of their favorite influences. Each performer wowed the packed house and as all proceeds benefitted St Jude it showed a true sense of community and caring.

Jacqueline Draper Sings Piaf

Meg Flather sings one of her own compositions

Kati Nieheisel Sings Julie London

Eva Steinberg Sings Peggy Lee

Ms Slutsky, in addition to co-emceeing with her special wit sang Eydie Gorme and Sue honored Judy Garland.  The afternoon was a wonderful variety of singers each with a different style including ballads, jazz, blues a popular tunes. Saundra Silliman sang Nancy Wilson; Elvira Tortora, Babara Cook and Debra Stone, Amanda McBroom. Jacqueline Draper performed Piaf in French and English while Meg Flather sang one of her own compositions. Kati Nieheisel and Eva Steinberg spoke of Julie London and Peggy Lee, respectively, before giving them tribute in song. Margaret Curry and Leslee Warren, influenced by Linda Ronstadt and Ethel Waters, respectively, turned up the temperature with Blue Bayou and Heat Wave. Lina Koutrakis completed the line up with two 2 songs; one from Michele Brourman and one of her own.

Debra Stone and all the ladies are accompanied by the Gregory Toroian Band

Margaret Curry Sings Linda Ronstadt

Leslee Warren Sings Ethel Waters

Lina Koutrakis sang 2 songs; One from Michele Brourman and one of her own

All the women were accompanied by the Gregory Toroian Band with Mr. Toroian on piano, Skip Ward on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums.

If this afternoon was an example of all the Shmoozin with Slutsky shows I am sorry I am late to the party. She knows how to bring out the best talent and showcase them in a gleaming light. What’s even more special is that she does this for the benefit of so many in need. Her next Shmooze will raise money for Prostate Cancer (date to be determined) but in the meantime you can support St. Jude Children’s Hospital for more information.

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How Veterans Care Coordination is Combating Loneliness




Addressing loneliness as a senior veteran is a multifaceted approach that involves reconnecting with oneself, engaging with others, and finding purpose and joy in daily activities. The transition from an active military life to civilian and senior status can be challenging, making it essential to address loneliness proactively.

For aging veterans, this becomes increasingly difficult. Maintaining independence is a crucial component to healthy living, and Kyle Laramie of Veterans Care Coordination (VCC), is committed to helping senior veterans and surviving spouses thrive. Laramie’s company helps servicemembers apply for assistance that enables them to receive quality home care services. In an era where people feel more isolated than ever before in recent memory, VCC looks to change that.

Understanding Loneliness in Senior Veterans

Loneliness among senior veterans can stem from various factors, including the loss of comrades, retirement, physical health issues, and the struggle to reintegrate into civilian life. These experiences can lead to feelings of isolation, misunderstanding, and detachment from society. Recognizing these feelings as common experiences among veterans can be the first step in combating loneliness.

Reconnecting with Military Community

One effective way to combat loneliness is by reconnecting with the military community. Many organizations and groups specifically cater to veterans, offering social events, reunions, and support networks. Joining these groups can provide a sense of belonging and understanding, as members share similar backgrounds and experiences. Veterans can also engage in mentorship roles within these communities, offering guidance to younger veterans while finding purpose and camaraderie.

Engaging in New Activities

Exploring new hobbies and interests can also help alleviate loneliness. Engaging in activities that bring joy and satisfaction can lead to new friendships and a sense of achievement. Whether it’s learning a new skill, joining a club, or volunteering, these activities can provide meaningful interaction and a sense of community.

Utilizing Technology

Technology can be a powerful tool in combating loneliness, especially for those who may have mobility issues or live in remote areas. Video calls, social media, and online forums can connect veterans with family, friends, and other veterans, reducing feelings of isolation. Online platforms specifically designed for veterans can offer support and a sense of belonging.

Staying Physically Active

Physical activity is not only beneficial for physical health but also for mental well-being. Regular exercise can improve mood, reduce stress, and increase social interaction if done in group settings like fitness classes or walking clubs. Senior veterans should consult healthcare providers to tailor an exercise program that suits their needs and capabilities.

Seeking Professional Support

It’s important to acknowledge when loneliness becomes overwhelming, leading to depression or anxiety. Seeking professional support from counselors or therapists, especially those familiar with veteran issues, can provide the necessary tools to manage loneliness. These professionals can offer coping strategies and therapies to address the underlying issues contributing to loneliness.

Maintaining Regular Social Contact

Regular interaction with family, friends, and neighbors can combat feelings of loneliness. Scheduled visits, phone calls, or participating in community events can provide regular social engagement and support. Even small interactions, like a daily conversation with a neighbor or participating in local community activities, can make a significant difference.

Finding Purpose and Giving Back

Many veterans find solace in giving back to their communities or engaging in causes they care about. Volunteering for community service, mentoring programs, or veteran organizations can provide a sense of purpose and connection. Contributing to society can help veterans feel valued and understood, reducing feelings of loneliness.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Adopting a positive mindset and practicing gratitude can significantly impact one’s outlook on life. Focusing on the positive aspects of life, setting realistic goals, and practicing mindfulness can improve mental health and reduce feelings of loneliness.

Combating loneliness as a senior veteran requires a holistic approach that encompasses social engagement, physical activity, mental health support, and finding purpose. By reconnecting with the military community, exploring new interests, utilizing technology, and seeking professional support, senior veterans can effectively combat loneliness and lead fulfilling lives. It’s crucial for society to recognize and address the unique challenges faced by senior veterans, ensuring they receive the support and respect they deserve.

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