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The festive season is fast approaching and that means there's a lot of work to be done between now and the big day in order to get ready.

However, all this rushing around and then the prospect of hosting family members in whatever rooms you have a spare bed might also mean that the possibility of you and your partner having sex starts to dwindle.

What can you do to ensure you don't have a frustrating dry spell in December and can instead keep the intimacy going - without everyone knowing what you're doing because they can hear the bed squeaking?

After all, research from Indiana University found that nearly three-quarters of people don't like the idea of having sex where someone could catch them in the act and two-thirds hated the prospect of being heard.

One thing you could do is to sit down with your partner and discuss planning ahead to make time for sex. It might sound boring, but checking your calendar and finding there's a free afternoon with no one around could keep you going as you attempt to play the hostess with the mostest.

Another good idea could be to book one night away in a hotel. That way, you know you're guaranteed privacy and at least one stress-free evening, even if the rest of the festive season proves busy.

If you know you're just not going to be able to get away and you'll have a houseful of relatives, there are some special measures you can take to have stealthily quiet sex in your own bed.

Try putting a pillow against the wall to stop the headboard knocking against it and oil any squeaky frames as part of your Christmas preparations.

You may have to accept defeat, though, and move from the bed to the floor if your furniture is just too noisy, so have a spare duvet and some pillows ready for action in case the mood strikes you.

Finally, couples counsellor Annabelle Knight told the Daily Mail that the position you adopt could also make a difference.

"Research shows many people will be finding ways to enjoy steamy-but-sneaky nights by embracing quieter positions over the festive period. Cowgirl and doggy can be noisy, hand-over-mouth is only liked by some, but missionary and spoon-sex are seasonal favourites because they allow for all the fun," she added.

So, there you have it. There are ways of getting around a lack of sex at Christmas, so have your condoms and lube at the ready just in case.

And if you can't face sex with nan in the next room, then you might just have to look forward to January and getting back to having your own space.