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Too many soft drinks ruining our children’s sleep
ONE in five Australian prep students is getting a daily caffeine hit from consuming soft drinks after school, a shock new study has found.
Parents have been called "lazy and neglectful" for giving children as young as five regular doses of caffeine-laden cola drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks. A Murdoch Children’s Research Institute study of 1512 prep students from 22 primary schools has found that 40 per cent of children have sleep problems. This has been linked to children watching more than two hours of TV a day. Children are also having trouble getting to sleep and are waking up at night because of the amount of caffeine they are consuming, academic Jon Quach and his research team found.