Yes, it is impossible to get silence at 7am when the kids are awake. They only have one volume setting: loud. I get up early to run, and always enjoy the quiet time.
However, you make a good point about evening time being wasted. I definitely don’t do creative things as well after 6–7pm, whereas I’m very creative in the morning. Maybe I’ll give going to bed earlier a chance and see how it plays out.