Sleep problems are epidemic in our society. The overnight sleep study, a standard tool for diagnosing those problems, has a tragic flaw: spending the night in a sleep lab hooked up to machines is utterly unconducive to sleeping, even for people without sleep problems.
A sleep specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital brought this conundrum to a class of senior-level engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 2010, where it caught the imagination of several of the students. By spring, they had created a company to fully develop the technologies they came up with.
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