Relax Stress & Sleep: Try Wet Socks and Cold Sitz Baths
The following are particularly useful for stress or if you find you are unable to get to sleep easily.
A favorite of Kneipp himself, this is an easy way to apply a foot compress. It is quite extraordinarily relaxing.
Wet a pair of cotton socks in cold water and wring them out so that they are no longer dripping. Put them on and then cover them with a pair of dry woollen socks, then pop into bed. Leave the socks on for at least half an hour, although it doesn't matter if they stay on all night should you fall asleep.
cold sitz baths
These last only ten to thirty seconds, according to how quickly and how well you react. They are carried out with the upper part of your body well clothed, always in a warm room. This is also an excellent way of boosting immunity and protecting against minor illnesses - particularly throat and chest conditions - eliminating flatulence, constipation and stress.
Fill the bath with enough cold water to reach to your waist. Climb into the bath and stay there for a few seconds, then get out, gently pat the excess water from your skin and immediately climb into a warm bed.