For Gabriele Domay the move into her Baufritz home put an end to a long period of suffering. The 69-year old artist is extremely electrosensitive and therefore suffered for four decades from chronic insomnia. 95% of the time she slept either not at all or only in brief spurts. However since her move to her new Baufritz home at the end of 2014 her night's rest has gradually started to improve: "In the beginning, I slept well every third night; that was a fundamental improvement. Now I sleep well almost every night and only have more serious problems every two to three weeks", she tells us.
In the interview, Gabriele Domay talks about the origins of her insomnia, and why and how this improved step by step in her Baufritz home.
Ms Domay, when did you notice, that electrosmog was the reason for your insomnia?
In 1983 I had a slipped disc, which I chose - conservatively – to let heal itself, without an operation. Therefore, I became bound for one and a half years and had a lot of time to observe myself very carefully. At this time I noticed that my pulse accelerated near an electric current and that I became more and more restless and edgy there.
How did you cope?
In 1985 we decided to move house. The electromagnetic load was a little better in the new home. I also made sure that my bed was completely free of metals – including the mattress. Insomnia however stayed.
What exactly does that mean for you – "insomnia"?
I was either not able to fall asleep for a long time – sometimes not until 4 a.m. – or I stayed awake the whole night through. Sometimes I would fall asleep and wake up again in the middle of the night. Once I was up, I couldn't fall asleep again. Those were more or less the scenarios in 95% of my nights. Despite that, for my children, I always got out of bed at half past seven.
At the end of 2014, you moved into your Baufritz home. What has since changed?
I can fundamentally and categorically sleep better and if I wake, I can fall back asleep again. That even works fine if I get up or wake up repeatedly. What's more, I can finally sleep in longer stretches, meaning five or six hours at a time.
And what do you think is the reason for that?
In my Baufritz home, I feel no electro smog - because of the "XandE-electro smog barrier technology plus" – the pollution from mobile technology from outside is thoroughly screened. Besides, the immediate sources of electromagnetic fields in the bedroom and the guest bedroom are reduced to a bearable level with the installation of shielded cables and network circuit breakers.
Were there any other improvements that you noticed?
Yes, there were indeed. In contrast to my previous houses I can just lie down and have a lunch nap; I genuinely fall asleep then. Such a thing would have been unthinkable in the past – despite my non-existent or very bad night-time sleep. Friends on a visit do also notice the overall relaxed atmosphere in my home.
How did you come across Baufritz?
Ecological homes, with materials that protect health and wellbeing, have always interested me. With Baufritz the fixed price option gave me financial security. A consultation with the health experts at Baufritz and a visit to the show homes in Erkheim convinced me completely. I was able to experience the healthy indoor climate for myself – it made me entirely enthusiastic.
Did Baufritz consider your specific needs during the planning?
I took up their offer of a 'construction biology' analysis of the plot in advance. This meant that my plot was examined with scientifically sound methods for electric and magnetic alternating fields, electromagnetic waves, radon soil gas, as well as geological disturbances. Furthermore, measurements of mobile signals were taken, using high frequency range analysis. My plot was measured as having around 500 µW/sqm. The building biologists at Baufritz recommend for sleeping areas a value of under 10 – ideally under 1 µW/sqm. As only in this spectrum best health can be guaranteed, I was told. That is why I chose to have the "XandE-electro smog barrier technology plus" installed; which achieves an almost complete shield against outside influences.
Many thanks for the interview, your openness and your time, Ms Domay!