My favorite inspirational quote along these lines is from Saint Josemaria Escriva (20th century Spanish priest, founder of Opus Dei, canonized in 2002). This is from his little booklet The Way:
206 The heroic minute. It is the time fixed for getting up. Without hesitation: a supernatural reflection and … up! The heroic minute: here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does no harm to your body.
Essentially, he sees the moment you should wake up (for me, the moment the alarm clock rings) as an opportunity for mortification (dying to self) that, if you take advantage of it, is pleasing to God and helps you grow in holiness.
My former pastor, who was devoted to the writings of Saint Josemaria, told us that what we need to do is to get up as soon as the alarm clock rings (NO snooze button!), get on our knees at the side of the bed, and say our morning prayers.
I'm glad you brought this up. I have to start living the "heroic minute" again. It was wonderful while I did it, but I have been "backsliding." Let's start tomorrow; all readers of this thread can report back how it works (accountability!).