A poor night’s sleep can carry far greater consequences for teens than just nodding off in class the next morning.

Routine failure to get adequate sleep — either because of issues like insomnia or just staying up late surfing the Internet — can predict future alcohol-related problems, such as binge drinking, risky sexual behavior and fighting, according to new research.

In a paper published Friday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Idaho State University psychologists said that a growing body of evidence suggests adolescents need to be educated on the importance of proper sleep.

National polls indicate that 27% of school-aged children and 45% of adolescents do not sleep enough. At the same time, a growing body of evidence has uncovered connections between sleep deprivation and impaired cognitive function.

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