I live out in the countryside where there is no environmental light (no street lamps, or lights in other houses etc) apart from the moon and stars at night, and, believe me, the utter dark (complete blackness, with no atmospheric light at all, plus curtains) is not a comfortable environment to go to sleep in at all.
Complete "blackout" blackness is so heavy and you simply cannot see a thing, not even your hand in front of your face. It is like a form of sensory deprivation and it freaks me out when I am trying to go to sleep. We keep our curtains open so we get some residual moonlight into the room, so if something does go "bump in the middle of the night", I can, at least, see where my feet are.
I think the ban on "light" at night is more to do with unnatural light in a room, rather than natural.
Another interesting thing is that a friend of mine from South America has an old family ritual of bathing newborn girls in moonlight. They move the cradle to a point in a room where the moonlight shines on the baby for a few nights soon after she is born. It is something to do with an old obeah practice to give girls "the sight".