Many practitioners describe morning as the optimal time to practice meditation or yoga. Even if you're not a sunny morning person on the best of days, it's a nice opportunity to try, at least once, to set your day on the right foot. And if that doesn't work there's always a half-caf, triple-shot soy latte around the corner.
Meditation is said to be best in the morning because meditation in itself is meant to help you experience silence and emptiness in a world that can be all too full. In other words, even when nothing at all is going on, you can realize that you're still yourself, and more importantly, that you are okay. You are not your thoughts or your relationships, but when your day starts with an alarm and television and many voices, it can speed right through to bedtime without the chance for self-reflection.
Start the day with the most relaxing alarm you can. Set the alarm for a time before anyone else in your household will be up, and if you can, set a ringtone that isn't too well, alarming.
Allow yourself to be warm and comfortable, and take yourself to a spot in your home that is well lit when the sun is out. Whether or not the sun has yet risen, this will be a good spot for introspection.
As you have just come from sleep, now is not the time to lie down during meditation. Sit on a cushion on the floor, allowing your hips to be higher than your knees. Grow your spine long out of your pelvis. Close your eyes. Without much disruption, examine the silence. Try to let your mind be silent as well, and if this is not possible, try to focus on one thought at a time.
You will realize that even soon after awakening you can become flooded with worries, lists and plans. Let yourself stay calm and relaxed, until maybe you can become relaxed enough to let go of thinking.
Whether or not it was a successful or an unsuccessful meditation is not the point. There's no such thing: it is always a practice. Thank yourself for carving out the time to tend to yourself. By starting your day in such a mindful way you are setting yourself up to approach the rest of the day in a calm and contemplative fashion.
Then go mindfully enjoy that soy latte.