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It’s Time for a Break. Get Better Rest with Sleep Lists!

If you can’t sleep, you’re not alone. Don’t want a guided meditation? Found that sleep stories aren’t boring enough? Need something other than background music? Helen Sernett’s here for you. She started Sleep Lists because she couldn’t find the show that she needed to get better rest. It’s just lists! In each episode, she visits a different list, recites it to you, and wishes you well on your sleep journey.

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What is the podcast about?

Sleep Lists delivers single-category lists to people who need sleep but can’t seem to get their brains to power off. Every episode starts with a warm introduction and transitions into a soothing, calming list. List topics vary widely from breeds of sheep to elements of the periodic table and many others in between. If listeners aren’t asleep by the end of the episode, there’s a gentle closing that often suggests additional tools to help with sleep.

Why should people listen to it? Who is the podcast for?

If you can’t seem to fall asleep, this podcast is here to help. Listen to Sleep Lists if you have trouble getting to sleep or falling back asleep if you wake in the middle of the night. It’s different than straight colored noises, meditations or sleep stories.

Featured episode: “Paws to Unwind” – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Embark on a journey to canine dreamland our latest episode! In “Paws to Unwind,” we’re unleashing the list from the World Dog Federation of over 300 dog breeds. It’s inspired by the timeless wisdom of “let sleeping dogs lie.”

Hit play, close your eyes, and let these lists carry you into a night of soothing slumber. Sweet dreams, dear listeners.

Cheeky Chin


Helen Sernett ended a 20-year career as a non-profit fundraiser. Despite raising over $50M, she landed at a final destination of complete and total burnout at age 44. In her ongoing journey to finding a sustainable and purpose-driven career, Sernett launched the Sleep Lists podcast in the summer of 2023, where she helps guide restless minds to get the break they need, one single-subject list at a time. She’s long served as a teacher and mentor and is parlaying those skills into a public speaking career where she shares her personal story of resilience and provides inspirational and tactical ideas for managing change and finding growth.

When she isn’t in the sound booth or on stage, Sernett enjoys walking in several parks near her home in Seattle, Washington, cooking with her daughter, or working with her husband to plan their next adventure!

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