Mornings are for me the best time of my day. Its not for nothing that yogis invented the sun salutation - one should be up to greet the sun. Of course, sleep is vital for good health and I am not compromising on 8 hours of sleep unless I really have to - then again, this is something very individual. But with a set bed time routine, you will find that once you start getting out of bed in good time to prepair your day, its totally adictive.
My favorite health blog Healthy Crush, has made a great list of ways to making your mornings more Zen: