Some of us are affected more than others and new research helps us understand why, reports Medical News Today.

With 50 to 70 million adults in the United States having a “sleep or wakefulness disorder,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider sleep deprivation a “public health concern.”

Sleep loss is especially alarming given its status as a significant risk factor for traffic accidents and medical mishaps, as well as posing a danger to one’s health. Insufficient sleep could increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, among others conditions.