Minnesota companies capitalize on America’s sleep problems

A large percentage of Americans are not getting a good night’s sleep, in many cases because of a sleep disorder — and a growing number of Twin Cities companies are developing new technology to treat the issues.

Take sleep apnea. It is the top issue for U.S. sleep clinics, said Dr. Ranji Varghese, medical director for the Hennepin Healthcare’s Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center.

“It can be so disruptive to someone’s life,” Varghese said. Untreated sleep apnea can also increase risks for stroke, heart attack and hypertension.