The Alliance for Sleep, a new committee of healthcare experts, launched this week to advance research and improve the quality of life for those experiencing sleep disorders.

“The Alliance for Sleep will put a much-needed spotlight on sleep as the third pillar of health, along with diet and exercise, and the need to better address issues, like insomnia, that are preventing millions from getting the sleep they need,” says co-chair Ruth Benca, MD, PhD, chair of the Wake Forest School of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, in a statement.

The alliance steering committee recently met to discuss and refine year-one priorities, which include a large-scale assessment of the impact and understanding of insomnia, broad healthcare professional education on the science of sleep, and the development of resources and tools to improve the dialogue around sleep.

“Equally important to awareness, will be the alliance’s efforts to fill in existing gaps in data surrounding insomnia and provide the education and practical tools to address the issues uncovered. Sleep and sleep problems can be complex, which is why bringing together the diverse perspectives and expertise is so crucial to meaningfully improve the lives of patients,” co-chair Andrew Krystal, MD, MS, vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Weill Institute for Neurosciences UCSF, says in a statement.

Sponsored by Idorsia Pharmaceuticals, The Alliance for Sleep is composed of healthcare professionals across multiple specialties, including in insomnia, sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorder, integrative medicine and more.