The Difference of a Good Night's Sleep
The Difference of a Good Night's Sleep

Percentages of health risk factors & chronic health conditions by sleep duration.

Air Quality 1980-2019
Air Quality 1980-2019

Air quality index maximum and median levels across US counties grouped by state and region from 1980-2019.

Insufficient Sleep & Asthma
Insufficient Sleep & Asthma

Percent prevalence among adults across 500 US cities.

Increased Length of Allergen Season
Increased Length of Allergen Season

Change in ragweed pollen season 1995-2015 in United States and Canada.

Extreme Heat Nights & Vulnerable Communities
Extreme Heat Nights & Vulnerable Communities

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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Tools used: JavaScript including p5.js, HTML, CSS, Adobe Illustrator

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