Lungs, Breathing & Sleep

Health problems that affect breathing or sleep can lead to fatigue and lethargy that disrupt your daily routine. Understand your lungs and respiratory system—and what you can do to help yourself.

Don’t let your resolutions go up in smoke

Have you decided 2021 is going to be the year to quit smoking once and for all? You’re not the only one.

Patient Story

‘I just wanted to live’

Paul Hitts struggled with the effects of COPD for years—and then a specialized treatment breathed new air into his lungs.

Top stories of 2021

Find inspiration in these stories of hope and resilience.

Glimmers of hope

Spectrum Health has successfully treated more than 10,000 patients battling COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Experts urge precautions.

Patient Story

‘Thank you for taking incredible care of me’

Cora Healy, 1, fights through RSV like a superhero.

On war footing

As Michigan battles a record spike in COVID-19 infections, doctors drive home the importance of vaccines as a leading defense.

Patient Story

‘A wonderful journey’

A double lung transplant renewed a Michigan man's life—and filled him with immense gratitude.

Patient Story

‘Just a tiny little poke’

“You have to be brave,” a 5-year-old girl advises after she gets her COVID-19 vaccination.

Patient Story

‘The real Spider-Man’

The superhero rappelled down the side of the 11-story Helen DeVos Children's Hospital as children watched in awe.

Patient Story

‘More courage than anybody’

After an innovative surgery to expand his jaw, Nate Briskey says he wouldn't change a thing.

Patient Story

‘So glad I am still around’

When long-lasting effects of COVID-19 made it impossible to breathe, this 69-year-old gardener found hope in lung transplantation.

Don’t forget your flu shot

Although overshadowed by COVID-19, influenza is still circulating and can cause serious illness.