I heard on Dr. Oz that Banana tea is actually better than warm milk as a sleep elixir. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, or, if you are having trouble falling asleep, try this banana-infused tea as a bedtime beverage. Just cut off both ends of one washed, unpeeled banana. Place it in 2-3 cups of boiling water for approximately TEN minutes. Strain and add honey to taste, if you so desire. Studies have shown that magnesium and potassium help your blood vessels and muscles relax and bananas (the fruit AND the peel) are FULL of magnesium and potassium. Some folks, I've been told, actually eat the peel and find that to be very relaxing and tasty. Personally, I would want to be certain that the banana was either organic or thoroughly washed with ACV. There's an entertaining YOU TUBE regarding Banana Tea at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dnRtaF5BCs. Try the tea for yourself. Much better than pills if it works for you.
It is our basal ganglia which plays a key role in the formation of habits, the good ones and the bad ones.
To change the habit, we must be self-aware. In Tara Bennett-Goleman's new book, " Mind Whispering" the neuroscience of habit change is explained. She recommends mindfulness as a way to bring unconscious habits back into awareness where they can be changed with a five-step process for making that change.
1) Familiarize yourself with the self-defeating habit. Get so you can recognize the routine as it starts, or begins to take over. This might be by noticing its typical thoughts or feelings, or how you start to act. You can also follow Paul Ekman's simple suggestion: keep a journal of your triggers.
2) Be mindful. Monitor your behavior –thoughts, feelings, actions – from a neutral, “witness” awareness.
3) Remember the alternatives – think of a better way to handle the situation.
4) Choose something better – e.g., what you say or do that would be helpful instead of self-defeating.
5) Do this at every naturally occurring opportunity.
Ms. Bennett-Goleman cites the neuroscience evidence that the more often you can repeat the new routine instead of the self-destructive one, the sooner it will replace the self-defeating habit in your basal ganglia. The better response will become your new default reaction. Good luck with this. It's worth the time and energy investment.