Symptoms of Adrenal Exhaustion You fall asleep but wake up several hours later and are unable to fall back to sleep You crave salt You need coffee or other stimulants to get you going You have difficulty handling stress You have gained belly fat without changing your diet You find you are emotional and cry for no reason For men: you develop a beer belly and breasts The adrenal glands help us deal with stress. When we are doing too much, not eating well or not getting adequate rest, the adrenals become exhausted. We need our adrenals to function optimally because they are our back-up hormone system when our ovaries take a much-needed rest. Women who have exhausted adrenals have terrible menopausal symptoms. The adrenals make cortisol, our stress hormone, as well as progesterone, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. ADRENAsmartTM works fast to aid adrenal function.