Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH is a career journalist (Columbia Chicago, ’90). She was diagnosed with upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) in 2010. Her sleep problems inspired her to go back to school to become a sleep technologist in 2012 and a professional sleep educator in 2014.
To treat her UARS, she used an early form of oral appliance therapy between 2010 and 2015. In 2017, she repeated her sleep study, which upgraded her UARS diagnosis to one of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). She has been using automated PAP therapy faithfully ever since and no longer suffers for excessive daytime sleepiness.
Sellman worked overnight shifts in the sleep lab for nearly two years before seeking daytime work. Now she writes news copy and educational materials for the sleep technology field and serves as a freelance sleep health journalist, curator, and blogger. She also writes for multiple communities under the Health Union umbrella, as sleep and fatigue problems figure prominently in all categories of chronic illness.
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