Percentages of health risk factors & chronic health conditions by sleep duration.
Air quality index maximum and median levels across US counties grouped by state and region from 1980-2019.
Percent prevalence among adults across 500 US cities.
Change in ragweed pollen season 1995-2015 in United States and Canada.
Projected quantity of nights with low temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit per county grouped by state and region.
Climate & Sleep
MS Thesis Project
Parsons School of Design, 2020
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Climate & Sleep visualizes the impact the climate crisis has on one of our most fundamental human needs: sleep. As global heating continues to increase and threaten daily life as we know it, humans are required to evaluate how these changes are impacting their lives and adapt accordingly. One third of Americans report not receiving what is considered sufficient sleep of at least 7 hours a night on average. Not only is this amount of sleep important, but the quality of one’s sleep is also critical. This thesis evaluates how poor air quality and rising temperatures as factors of the climate crisis relate to sleep health in America. I utilize data from United States government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to explore the most recent as well as historical data. This project aims to increase understanding of current climate circumstances to improve social well-being. The climate crisis is inevitable, and the more we’re aware of its impacts on our basic needs, the more adaptable we can become.
Methodology available here