Parkinson’s disease is a condition that causes the brain to become progressively more damaged over time, according to the NHS. It’s caused by a loss of nerve cells in a specific part of the brain. These nerve cells are used to help send messages between the brain and the nervous system. Parkinson’s disease symptoms tend to develop slowly, and only appear as mild at first. You could be at risk of Parkinson’s disease if you often wake up in the night needing the toilet, it’s been revealed.
Having the urge to pass more urine then normal – especially at nighttime – could be linked to Parkinson’s disease.
The condition, which is known as nocturia, could be caused by an overactive bladder, said charity Parkinson’s UK.
Patients may wake up in the night several times to pass urine, or your bladder may empty while they’re sleeping.
“People with Parkinson’s may be more likely to have problems with their bladder or bowels than people of a similar age without the condition,” said the charity.
“Urge incontinence and nocturia are the most common bladder problems in Parkinson’s.
“These may happen because the messages from the brain giving the bladder instructions aren’t getting through properly.
“Nocturia is the need to urinate many times during the night because of an overactive bladder.
“As you get older, it is normal to need to get up once or twice in the night to urinate during the night. This may wake you up, or your bladder may empty while you are asleep.”
Patients may also struggle to ‘hold on’ to their urine, too. It may feel like there’s a need to urinate immediately, without warning.
But, not everyone with the condition will experience these problems, and they may be caused by other things, it added.
It’s important to speak to your doctor if you’re worried about waking up in the night needing to urinate often.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, said the NHS.
They may ask you about your Parkinson’s disease symptoms, and could refer you to a specialist for further tests.
There are about 127,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease – the equivalent to about one in 500 people.
Most patients begin to develop symptoms after they turn 50 years old.
Men are slightly more likely to develop the brain condition than women.