Sleep-deprived teens are more susceptible to a host of health problems, reports San Clemente Times.

With my son’s summer plans splintered, I suggested he catch-up on his rest after a semester of all-nighters. My son has fought sleep since the day we brought him home from the hospital, and asking my petulant teen to snooze proved as problematic as putting a teething toddler to bed.

When my son was small, I spent countless nights lying near his crib waiting for him to fall asleep. Eventually, our bedtime battles would exhaust us both. But before I’d creep out of his room and return to mine, I’d pause to peek into his crib and marvel at the magic of my sleeping baby boy.