MEET THE CURATOR
Tamara Kaye Sellman is a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) with previous experience working with patients for both an in-hospital lab and a free-standing sleep clinic. She is also a board certified clinical sleep health educator (CCSH).
Sellman holds a degree in journalism from Columbia Chicago (’90) and has been an independent journalist and editor for nearly 30 years.
Independent of her own projects, Sellman works for the American Association of Sleep Technologists as an education product content provider, writer, and blogger (read her work for the AAST here). Other independent projects include a contribution to their upcoming sleep technology textbook, Fundamentals of Sleep Technology (May 2019 release). In 2017, Sellman won the AAST Literary Award, which honors and recognizes an AAST member for an original published article, paper, or textbook chapter that represents excellence in technical literary writing by a sleep technologist (“Risk Management in the Sleep Center: What We Can Take Away From Renee Lewis v. The Emory Clinic, Inc.” June 16, 2016; A2Zzz Volume 25 Number 1).
In addition, she writes for several chronic illness communities under the Health Union umbrella, focusing specifically on sleep health concerns and multiple sclerosis; she also pens the column, “MS in Moderation,” for the BioNews Services site, Multiple Sclerosis News Today.
Previous blogging clients include Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorders Clinic, the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), InboundMed, Sleep Resolutions, Sound Sleep Health, and Somnosure. She served five years as Secretary of the Washington State Sleep Society (WSSS) until retiring in 2018.
Other organizations Sellman actively belongs to and/or supports include the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists (BRPT), Circadian Sleep Disorders Network, Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA), Wake Up Narcolepsy, the Restless Legs Foundation, StartSchoolLater.org, and the Narcolepsy Network.
Aside from writing, Sellman speaks about sleep health at public events and is an activist for sleep health issues that include:
- mandatory testing and compliant treatment for sleep disorders among transportation workers
- laws that recognize drowsy driving as a form of impaired driving
- later bell times for teenagers
- sleep health literacy (including sleep hygiene)
- the “right to sleep” for multiple populations
- environmental regulations that improve sleep quality by reducing pollution (air, noise, and light), and
- efforts to spotlight sleep deprivation as a key component of mental illness
- sleep challenges for those overcoming addiction
Sellman lives in Bainbridge Island, WA (a ferry ride due west of Seattle) with her husband of 30+ years and has two college-aged daughters. When she’s not working in sleep health, she’s camping, cooking, growing herbs, gardening, practicing yoga, writing literary work (poems, essays, fiction), and exploring issues related to multiple sclerosis (she was diagnosed in 2013).
THE SLEEPYHEADCENTRAL MISSION
“The SleepyHeadCENTRAL mission is to develop an accessible, accurate, and user-friendly online clearinghouse of sleep information. This effort is designed to help educate healthcare consumers on the vital importance of sleep in overall optimal health. My aim as Curator is to give healthcare consumers clear and empowering options to actively address their sleep problems.” —Tamara Sellman RPSG CCSH, Curator