It’s past midnight. Counting sheep proves useless as naughty thoughts race through your mind. Your sex life has dwindled down to nothing lately due to your partner’s busy work schedule. The house is silent save your partner's even breathing. A sudden heat pulses throughout your body. You feel the urge. Sleep just isn't happening, so you decide it's the perfect time to tiptoe into the bathroom to "do the deed." Exercising discretion, your fingers softly turn the glossy pages of your favorite lingerie catalog. Until, you hear a creak and the door swings open. Wide-eyed, you...

Busted! If you masturbate regularly, it's bound to happen sometime. So what can you do? Here are five things you can do when you get caught in the act.

Embrace Intimacy

It can feel really embarrassing to be caught with you're hand down your pants, but there’s no need to blush about it. You’ll both probably do just that, though, and that’s OK. As you look at each other awkwardly, remember that no two libidos are always on the same page. Simply explain you were trying to be considerate by allowing your lover some well-deserved rest. Once the initial shock melts, crack a smile or let out a giggle. Intimacy comes in many forms, and this is just one expression of it.

Encourage Voyeurism

Watching a partner touch and fondle their own body can be a huge turn-on. If you're caught doing it, why not make the best of it? Try to give your best pouty lip, loosen your grip, flip your hair, grab your breasts, grunt, groan, wink, make eye contact, pump your hips, break out the sex toys, spank your tush, breathe deeply, and talk dirty. In other words, put on a show!

Ask for Assistance

Turn a potentially precarious situation into a frisky one by asking your lover to help finish what you started. Slowly drop the lingerie catalog on the floor. Allow your most seductive grin to nonchalantly spread across your face. Activate your “come hither” eyes. The more dramatic you are, the better. Then, request a little assistance. Be sensual. Be playful. Be open to exploring what may happen next (even if it’s the dreaded rejection).

Initiate Foreplay

You’re both awake, and at least one of you is hot and bothered. Now is the perfect time to turn the romance toward your lover. Grab the massage oil. Start whispering sweet nothings. Kiss. Strip. Lap dance. Say the phrase that always turns your partner on. Express how much you’ve missed making love together - not with words, but with actions. Think: mating call. You may have started out alone, but if your partner is willing, you don't have to finish that way!

Finish Gracefully

It’s entirely possible that your partner may not be in the mood for sexual shenanigans, and that’s alright. Allow your lover to return to dreamland, but promise you’re not far behind. Finish up. Wash up. Neatly tuck the catalog back under the sink. Then, make a beeline to the bed for some quality cuddle time.

Sweet dreams!