"The Tell-Tale Heart" is jammed with references to time and clocks. One could even say it's obsessed with time. The time structure seems fairly straightforward at first, but, through all the aforementioned references, it succeeds in confusing and eluding us. Some questions of time in the story are never answered, contributing to the confusion.
Time is our only anchor in a "The Tell-Tale Heart," though, by the end of the story, we lose that anchor.