It's not been an easy year for anyone.

Couples have faced quite a test in lockdown, while singletons struggled to land themselves some company.

For those living apart from their other halves haven't had it so simple either.

So if you're heading back to uni or you've been forced into another lockdown, Ann Summers has a sex tip for you.

The sexperts gave Daily Star Online their best tips for keeping the magic alive while you're separated from your partner.

From dirty talk to building anticipation in the day, there are so many ways you can crank things up when you're apart.

Ann Summers suggests using the Moregasm+ Boost Rampant Rabbit
Ann Summers suggests using the Moregasm+ Boost Rampant Rabbit

Laura Whittaker, from Ann Summers, said: "2020 has had us spending time apart than usual – which can be difficult for our sex lives.

"This month has seen many students head back to university and large areas put back into lockdown.

"But don't fear, we're here to help! Phone sex, FaceTime and sexting are great to keep the magic alive – even if you're miles apart.

"Sometimes this can feel awkward, so get prepared and take some time to set the scene before jumping into the saucy stuff."

Tips include having a discussion with your partner before getting down and dirty.

The sexperts say: "Phone sex, FaceTime sex and sexting are just the same as physical sex in that they require trust, communication and consent.

"Don't do anything you don't feel comfortable with, or ask anyone to do something you don't know for sure they're comfortable with.

"It's not cool, so don't do it."

Once you've laid out the ground rules, you can set the scene.

To build anticipation during the day, be sure to get your flirt on.

There are so many ways to crank things up in the bedroom
There are so many ways to crank things up in the bedroom

The love gurus suggest: "It could get awkward if one of you suddenly launches into sexy chat without warning, so build up to it.

"If you're thinking you might have phone sex later, start with some cheeky texts during the day to test the waters and get their mind racing, building up to suggesting you carry this on over the phone this evening, maybe getting an idea of the best time for both of you to be free without interruption."

Then to make sure the mood is right, make sure your environment is as appealing as possible.

Tidying your room, dimming the lights, lighting a candle and getting dressed up in lingerie are all ways to get off to a good start.

Once that's all sorted, you can start experimenting with dirty talk.

You don't need to do anything fancy to turn your partner on.

If you're a beginner at dirty talk, try describing what you'd do to your lover if you were together.

Couples can also try adding their favourite sex toy into the game.

Ann Summers suggests the Moregasm+ Boost Rampant Rabbit to spice things up.

Laura concluded: "Just make sure you're getting all the pleasure you would in person! Just be careful to do it with someone you trust."