It's a terrifying thought: falling into a sinkhole while sleeping in the comfort of your own bed. But sinkholes, according to CNBC, are more common than most homebuyers realize. CNBC has more on how this growing realization could impact home construction.

The news agency outlines the potential impact:

As builders are forced to go farther and farther out of cities in search of developable land, compromises such as building on less than ideal sites have to be made to deliver competitively priced properties," said Peter Zalewski, an expert in Florida real estate development. "We think this factor is only going to contribute to the sinkhole problem in the future on the Florida peninsula. At the end of the day, technology can only serve as a stopgap against Mother Nature.