I do not have any serious medical condition that I know of. Sometimes when I wake up, my left leg feels as if it doesn't exist, or is made out of jelly, when I wake up. It has resulted in some pretty tough falls 😁😁. My right leg feels perfectly normal, but when I try to step with my left leg, I just stumble and fall over. Could it be due to hypnic jerks I get sometimes?

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Very probably not.(1)

This sounds like an issue with nerves (especially a pinched nerve) that makes your Brain unable to "proper" communicate with your leg, hence the jelly-like feeling.
However, I would expect your leg to feel numb or "pins and needle" pain. Not feeling your leg in the morning seems normal to me (i.e. paresthesia), but falling because you don't have control over your leg seems rather serious.
If this does not go away, or if you do feel either pain or numbness in your extremities, I would highly advise you to consult a doctor.

(1): I can't rule it out with 100% certainty as I neither am a professional neurologist nor can I examine you thoroughly, but with very high chance sleeping habits are not important. If you are however convinced to be suffering from paresthesia every morning, this might be cause by a weird sleeping position which is applying a lot of pressure to your nerves.

  • I fall sometimes because it just feels as if there are no bones in my leg, and it is made up of some weak, flimsy material. I do feel the "pins and needle" pain at times, but that is manageable
    – Bhavya
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 19:06
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    Well, this very much sounds to a pinched nerve in my humble opinion. I would visit a doctor, treatment is available and usually not very difficult.
    – Narusan
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 19:08
  • sorry. It was actually 1 am, and I was kinda sleepy, so i just did the asking part. Thanks
    – Bhavya
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 12:10

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