There has been a few anti sleep med threads posted and they are interesting. I can see these tapering systems working for those who had a stress related issue causing insomnia and then being reliant on sleep meds. Maybe a slow taper off the meds could do the trick. But how do we treat the cfs/me patient who has severe insomnia and has never used benzos before, minimal success with alternative treatments. These people like alot of other me/cfs people who have ongoing neurological problems and insomnia being a big issue. These people have had some type on neurological injury that has caused this sleep dysfunction, What else is out there. With Severe insomnia most natural treatments do diddly squat. Are we trying to get people to stop using sleeping pills as we slowly watch their ability to sleep get worse. For most of us i dont think benzo sleep meds cause our sleep problems, but the problems arise when after our initial infection we get that causes cfs has damaged the hypothalamus which controls our sleep. Also sleep dysfunction can be caused by adrenal fatigue and or inappropriate cortisol response through out the day interferring with proper sleep function. I think we all individually have to find the cause of their sleep problem. At the moment i cant see anyway of treating sleep dysfunction in cfs/me with neurological causes, or adrenal fatigue causes. I think using benzos to treat these conditions in cfs/me is justified, if they arent treated then there will be alot less sleeping going on and less healing as well as losing the protective effects of benzos on the nervous system. If theres another way to treat this sleep dysfunctiion, then i would like to have a look. cheers!!!!