Bring Back Bedtime: Pharmacology for Insomnia

Sleep disorders affect many people. This session will better prepare the learner by helping them identify healthy and normal sleep architecture across the lifespan along with the chemical neurotransmitters involved in sleep stagings. The session will review symptoms and neurotransmitters involved with insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, shift work sleep disorder and night terrors. Lastly, you will leave this session with a better understanding of medication interventions for all insomnia and sleep diagnoses.

Credits: 1.50 contact hours; 1.50 are pharmacology
Release Date: March 1, 2021
End Date: March 1, 2022


As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify healthy and normal sleep architecture across the lifespan and chemical neurotransmitters involved in sleep staging.
  2. Name symptoms and neurotransmitters involved with insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, shift work sleep disorder, night terrors.
  3. Understand medication interventions for all insomnia and sleep diagnosis.

Nancy Nadolski, MSN, M.Ed, FNP-C

Self Employed NP

Nancy Nadolski finished a degree in nursing from Washington State University followed by a masters in counseling from the College of Idaho and a masters in nursing from Gonzaga University. She’s determined to learn something new every day and encourages her patients to do the same.

Nancy has spent 20 years in private NP practice in Boise with excellent teachers and mentors.  Together we published articles for professional publications and co-authored a book for the mental health practitioner called 40 Cases: Understanding Psychiatric Medications.   Through these past years she has learned that “healthy people get help” and she has grasped the unbreakable bond between good sleep and good medicine.   

Nancy like to start things.  She started the cardiac rehab program at the local YMCA in 1980 that continues to thrive. That year she was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” for the Idaho Heart Association.  In 1984 she started the first Health Education program for a 500+ location grocery store and distribution center.  The Pre-Shift Stretch program she implemented in the distribution center reaped a 70% decrease in days lost to soft tissue injuries.  When the state of Idaho celebrated 100 years of statehood in 1989 she developed the Walk Across Idaho exercise curriculum for grades K-6. This school year curriculum has students mark miles around their community and school grounds to walk through each county in the state learning history along the way. In 2010 she was awarded a grant by Saint Alphonsus Foundation she titled Parenting at Midnight.  This grant provides education to new parents about the reality of newborn sleep architecture and includes home visit support for up to 6 months postpartum.

As a result of ongoing research with psychiatric medications and insomnia she is an avid speaker at primary care, psychiatric and counseling conferences.  A couple years ago she presented at the International Nurse Practitioner Conference in the Netherlands and has presented in every state except Arkansas.  Instead of pursuing her DNP, this year she is certifying to facilitate The Daring Way workshops.  This work is grounded in research by Brene’ Brown and looks shame and guilt squarely in the face as the barriers to Whole Hearted Living.  


Obtain Your Credits

To earn credits for this activity, you must complete all course components in the following order: 1) complete a three-question pre-test; 2) watch the course presentation video; 3) complete the course evaluation; 4) pass the post-test with a score of 2/3 (66.7%) or higher. You may retake the post-test until a passing score is achieved, at which point you will be able to view/print a copy of your certificate of completion. This online certificate will also be saved within your profile dashboard transcript for future access.

Designation Statement

NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.50 contact hours, of which 1.50 is pharmacology credit. Participants should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

In addition to ANCC, NPACE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP8720 and Florida CE Broker #50-1476.



Contributing faculty, Nancy Nadolski, MSN, M.Ed, FNP-C, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


All planners and contributors involved in this educational activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


The material presented in this continuing education program is being made available for educational purposes only and is not intended to represent the best or only methods, medications and/or guidelines appropriate for the medical situation discussed. Rather the material is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the presenter(s), which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners and should not be used by clinicians without the evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. NPACE disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any information given in a presentation.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may mention the uses of products that are not approved by the FDA for the indication(s) being discussed. The presenter(s) are instructed to notify participants when they are discussing unapproved uses or investigational agents. The opinions related to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the presenter(s) and are not endorsed or recommended by NPACE. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.


3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass This pre-test is a non-graded assessment tool we use to establish a baseline and determine a participant's pre-existing knowledge.
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Course Evaluation
12 Questions
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available