Makeover Monday: Sleepless in America?

Adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. This is what the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends, because, sleeping less than 7 hours per night on a regular basis is associated with adverse health outcomes, including weight gain and obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke, depression, and increased risk of death. Sleeping less than 7 hours per night is also associated with impaired immune function, increased pain, impaired performance, increased errors, and greater risk of accidents.

Sleep is fundamental for:
• Brain health
• Hormone health
• Immune health
• Metabolic health

Original Visualization:

What works well?

  • Use different colors for each gender category.
  • Sort the X-axis.

What could be improved?

  • Start the Y-axis with zero instead of seven.

What I did?

  • I created three clustered bar charts for women, men, and both genders.
  • I changed the title to a question.
  • I added a paragraph as a context that explains the importance of sleep for more than 7 hours.
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