• Courtesy of Chmura
  • Xiaobing Shuai

I woke up Monday a poorer man, having squandered a small fortune aimlessly roving the Internet the day before.

Fortunately, the Tribune had given me a heads-up that trouble was coming. The Saturday edition served notice that the impending shift to daylight saving time “could cost the Chicago metropolitan area nearly $15.6 million, or about $1.62 per person.” This financial blow had been calculated by Chmura Economics & Analytics of Richmond, Virginia.

Said senior analyst Xiaobing Shuai: “Some researchers found out that when people lose sleep they lose focus and spend more time on the Internet, checking email. So we look at basically the time that could be lost due to those activities, and based on the loss of productivity, we figure out the cost.”

And don’t forget the heart attacks some people suffer thanks to sleep deprivation, Shuai added.