When my alarm goes off at 4:45 am I make myself turn on the lights and the radio. I stretch my back(good start for me) and sit up. I shower, shave, dress, eat, brush my teeth and head out. My retired father was in the Navy for years and then carried mail. He is still an early riser. At 6 am he swings his legs over the edge of the bed and sits straight up. He has done this for 58 years.
The enemy of a wakeful morning is the snooze - 9 minutes is not enough to do anything but make you more reluctant to roll out of the rack. 1) dump the snooze 2) if you must set two alarms one minute apart 3) make sure the room is as dark as possible 4) have as little sound as you can handle - white noise can help sleep 5) practice relaxation breathing at bed time - count one for in, two for out and empty your thoughts.
Nothing makes rising easier than the best night's sleep you can manage.