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Poll: What One Factor Would Most Improve Your Health?

We’ve been conducting a series of opinion polls at Revolution Health, some of which have turned up interesting and surprising findings. This one caught my attention (there were 392 respondents):

What one factor would most improve your health?

  • 23% Less stress at work
  • 4% More time to cook
  • 18% Being in a happier relationship
  • 31% Getting more sleep
  • 22% More time to work out

I thought it was very interesting that SLEEP is perceived by our viewers as their number one most important health intervention, more important than exercise, relationships, or stress reduction.

Does this result surprise you?

I suspect that there was selection bias at play since the poll appeared in the sleep disorders section of our site – but it was also featured in non-sleep related areas of Revolution Health.

Anecdotal for sure, but interesting.This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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2 Responses to “Poll: What One Factor Would Most Improve Your Health?”

  1. RevJuicer says:

    Not surprising at all! I ride public transportation in the AM’s, many riders have their head leaned over for a quick nap… I could probably use one myself.

  2. drytears says:

    Maybe it is because the effects of poor sleep are quickly apparent? If you get a bad night of sleep or not enough sleep it’s something you notice that day, not something over time. Stress at work is also apparent quickly, but that is harder to control. We can control our sleep much easier than we can control our stress at work.

    I wish I could get more sleep… and I already get 9-10 hours a night!

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