EAGAN, Minn. — By the end of an NFL training camp, fatigue starts to set in.
Long days of meetings and intense practices add up and take their toll.
Vikings players tried to stay in front of the fatigue factor by utilizing small mattresses for a "nap time" of sorts between their responsibilities.
The players will be able to do better than that at home now, thanks to a partnership between Sleep Number, the Vikings and the NFL that was **announced in January** during the lead up to Super Bowl LII.
Through the partnership, the NFL provided Sleep Number 360® smart beds with SleepIQ® technology to players.
The smart beds enable players with information on how to maximize their sleep cycles and apply learnings to daily routines for maximum performance and recovery.
Experts from Sleep Number brought a bed to Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center last week.
Harrison Smith, Terence Newman and Pat Elflein received their Sleep Number beds at the start of last year's training camp and have learned the benefits of good sleep.
Smith and Elflein made sure to use a break in the team schedule to sprawl out on the Sleep Number bed that was displayed at TCO Performance Center.