Catching Zs: Tactics NFL players use to get sleep ahead of Super Bowl

    Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams answers a question during media availability for Super Bowl LIII at the team's hotel in Atlanta on Thursday.

    Atlanta (CNN)When it comes to sleep, Rams head coach Sean McVay is notorious for not getting much of it. On a recent Saturday morning in California, NBC's Peter King met McVay at his home for the head coach's drive into the office. It was 4:10 am, and McVay had slept 4 and a half hours the night before.

    On Thursday in Atlanta, McVay was asked whether he'll be able to get some sleep ahead of Super Bowl LIII.
    "I'm going to really try to commit to that these next couple days," McVay said. "I'm a pretty wired guy. I think it is important, though, because that rest, being as sharp as possible by the time Sunday rolls around, is the most important thing."
      He's not the only coach not getting enough Zs.
      Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick, son of head coach Bill Belichick, wouldn't reveal his sleep habits, but he knows he's not getting enough.
      "Not as many (hours) as I should," he told CNN.
      But for the players ahead of Super Bowl LIII, sleep appears to be a priority. From the Rams players that CNN spoke with Thursday, it appears that aside from initially adjusting from Pacific to Eastern time, they're getting that rest.
      Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth says he normally doesn't sleep much, citing in part he gets a little more rest when he's at the hotel, away from his family.
      "Normally, I don't sleep a lot during the week until the end of the week," Whitworth said. "The end of the week is kind of when I