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I'm looking for an adjective to describe an effect which is the opposite of soporific:

The insomniac's bedroom had a [???] effect: every time she went to bed, her tiredness disappeared and all she wanted was to get back up again.

Any ideas?

  • Would asoporific work? – Pureferret Jul 15 '16 at 23:56
  • @Pureferret Does that mean "opposite of soporific" though, or just "not soporific"? – Rand al'Thor Jul 15 '16 at 23:56
  • had a caffeinating effect... – Jim Jul 16 '16 at 0:05
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    @Drew: In context, perhaps had a stimulant effect is more likely. Maybe not more likely to the world at large, but it sounds more appropriate to me. – FumbleFingers Jul 16 '16 at 0:09
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    "... by the end of the fourteenth century English writers already possessed a range of techniques which could introduce variety and counter soporific tendencies, ..." books.google.co.in/… – Kris Dec 15 '17 at 12:38
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It's not exactly the same, since it has meanings other than just non-drowsy, but you can probably use:

invigorating: adj. making one feel strong, healthy, and full of energy.

When talking about a soporific in terms of the noun, a drug that makes you drowsy, the opposite of that would be a stimulant, so you may also be able to use stimulating as an antonym. To me, though, that often has too much of an over-active ot hyper-active connotation to it.

  • This looks perfect. I'll accept it unless anyone comes up with something better. – Rand al'Thor Jul 16 '16 at 0:06
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awakening

dictionary.com

adjective--1. rousing*; quickening

*(rousing meaning to bring out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, inactivity)

Wiktionary

adjective--Rousing from sleep, in a natural or a figurative sense; rousing into activity; exciting; as, the awakening city; an awakening discourse; the awakening dawn.


revitalizing

Collins dictionary

adjective--having the ability or tendency to restore strength

rejuvenating

Merriam-Webster

adjective--having a renewing effect on the state of the body or mind

stimulative

Merriam-Webster

adjective--having a renewing effect on the state of the body or mind

energizing

Collins dictionary

adjective--that energizes someone

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    i would actually say rousing is a better choice then awakening (I wouldn't have expected that to even be an adjective) – KutuluMike Jul 16 '16 at 0:08
  • @KutuluMike ~ the only problem with rousing is that it can also mean exciting and is usually used to describe experiences and other abstract ideas. – user180089 Jul 16 '16 at 0:15
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This is quite awhile ago, I see; but my advice is that your use of the "bedroom's effect" should be described as lacking the soporific effect that it is supposed to have.

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